Tips & Leads

Work Considerations for Newcomers with Disabilities

This post discusses work considerations and employment support for newcomers who have disabilities, whether unemployed or underemployed.

Searching for Jobs Online

Job boards Online job boards are search engines designed to filter through job openings. They can be very useful to gather information about companies that are hiring, the roles they are seeking to […]

Cultural sensitivities in Canada

A discussion of cultural sensitivities and expectations regarding customs such as body language, touching, personal space, customer service, working for women and with women, religious practices, eating at work, asking questions, punctuality, accountability, work product and quality, and performance evaluation.

Where to begin

When and what to talk about, including: pre-arrival, within a sponsorship group; and with the newcomer soon after arrival; when formulating a plan; when preparation for a job search begins; and after a first hire.

Preparing for “Month 13”

A discussion of when and how to prepare for Month 13, in terms of employment following the end of a formal private sponsorship agreement. Also included is a discussion of Ontario Works financial support and clawbacks and of Child Benefit payments.

Applying for a job

This article focuses on the process of looking for work in a specific sector or occupation or applying for a specific job. It will be most useful in cases where a newcomer is not using an employment service. It covers opening the door through a connection; resume preparation; cover letters; LinkedIn profiles; resume tailoring; online search engines/job boards; applying by email or online; job fairs; knocking on doors/Applying on-site; researching the employer; labour market information; job interviews; and following up interviews.

Networking by newcomers

Links to several posts on other websites which may help in explaining to a newcomer what “networking” means, its value, and examples of where to seek such opportunities.

Entrepreneurship – starting a business in Canada

Links to information resources for newcomers wanting to start their own businesses. Includes an outline of various programs offered in the GTA to help newcomers start a business. There is link to sources of financial support and numerous stories reported in the media about refugee newcomers having started their own businesses in Canada.

What every prospective employee should know

Information and links on topics to discuss with a newcomer, in preparation for seeking first-time employment in Canada, including: social insurance number; employment insurance; CPP contributions; union dues; pay periods; income tax; classification as an employee vs independent contractor; employee rights; termination within the first three months; and quitting.

Employment services

An explanation of what employment service providers do and the variety of services they offer; a list of the most frequently-mentioned employment services and other non-profit organizations in the GTA which help refugee newcomers prepare for, and find, employment; eligibility to use an employment service; and how a private sponsor or other volunteer can help a newcomer select an employment service and then collaborate with that service.