Jobs and government benefit programs
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Are you on government benefits and so haven't filed an Income Tax return because you felt you had no taxable income? If so, you may be owed money.
There are rebate programs which give money back, such as the GST (Federal, Goods and Services Tax) rebate and the Ontario Tax credits. The Ontario Credits (form ON479,) includes a PST (Provincial Sales Tax) rebate, plus a Property Tax Credit which also applies to tenants as property tax is included in our rents. (There are similar programs to the Ontario one, in B.C., Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut using either forms 479 or Form 428, whichever applies.) And there is the Canada Child Tax Benefit which includes a Child Disability Benefit supplement.
You can check out the Canada Revenue Agency's Benefits page, for all these rebates and credits.
The Certified General Accountants of Ontario, run many free income tax clinics for the working poor, and the poor or those on fixed incomes such as those on pensions, welfare and disability. To find out locations and times click on Ontario Free Tax Preparation Clinics.
You may also be able to claim credits owed to you for previous years, but you will have to consult with one of these tax clinics in advance (so they can get the previous years' tax forms) or other tax expert.
Government Benefit ProgramsEmployment Insurance guide by Human Resources Development Canada.
For local information on Ontario Works (formerly known as welfare) as well as other Social Services like rent geared to income housing (public housing) go to the Community Information pages listed in the column to your right.
This is the Province of Ontario's, main OW (Ontario Works) program page. (Commonly known as Social Assistance or Welfare, the Ontario Works program is a provincial program offered through local city's/town's on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. Ontario Works provides financial and employment assistance to single people, couples with and without children, and sole-support parents. OW is a mandatory welfare-to-work program for most social assistance recipients.
Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan and Guaranteed Income Supplement Government of Canada
Employment law links
The Law Society of Upper Canada provides some information on employment law on this link.
Ontario Ministry of Labour's Employment Standards
Occupational Health and Safety links
Employment: newsgroups and web sites that list jobs (and in some cases post your resume)
The following are internet (Usenet) newsgroups. If you can not connect by clicking on the link, you may connect via Google (though it may be half-a-day behind in the postings) where you will have to input the name in quotation marks as the newsgroup, or contact your Internet service provider for advice if you have not set yourself up to get newsgroups, or in case they do not carry this particular newsgroup.
Canadian jobs offered - Usenet newsgroup
Hamilton jobs - Usenet newsgroup
Kingston jobs - Usenet newsgroup
Kitchener-Waterloo jobs - Usenet newsgroup
Niagara Region jobs - Usenet newsgroup
Jobs in Ontario - Usenet newsgroup
Ontario jobs offered - Usenet newsgroup
Ottawa jobs - Usenet newsgroup
Northern Ontario/Sudbury jobs - Usenet newsgroup
Toronto jobs - Usenet newsgroup
Toronto jobs offered - Usenet newsgroup
University of Toronto jobs - Usenet newsgroup
Canada's Job Bank, Human Resources Development Canada.
Canadian Federal Government Jobs (Canada)
Ontario Summer Jobs provided by the government of Ontario (youth)
Actual Jobs (Canada)
Apple One (Canada)
Call Careers (job postings)
Canada Jobs (job postings and resumes)
Canadian Resume Centre (job postings and resumes)
Charity Village. Job opportunities in the non-profit sector.
CNC Global tech opportunities (Canada)
Employment News. A website for careers and resources in the GTA.
Job Bus (Canada)
Job Canada (Greater Toronto Area)
Job Line (Greater Toronto Area)
NetJobs Information Services (Canada and U.S.A)
Ontario Jobs (Ontario)
Positionw@tch for information/high technology jobs (Canada)
TechoSkill Source from the Canadian Advanced Technology Association (Canada)
Apprenticeship Opportunities in Ontario (Ontario)
East End Literacy (Toronto)
National Adult Literacy Database (Canada)
Ontario College Application Service, links to Ontario's community colleges and the application centre (Ontario)
SchoolFinder information on 700 Canadian public community colleges, universities, and private career schools/colleges
Also check the "Community Info" pages to the right and look at your local school board listings near the bottom of those pages for adult student, adult day schools, as well as credit courses and employment training programs.
Occupation and Labour Market Web sites
Job Futures 2000 occupations database and forcast demands, Human Resources Development Canada
Labour Market Information Service Human Resources Development Canada
National Occupational Classification Human Resources Development Canada
WorkinfoNet information on the labour market, training and self-employment (Canada)
Career Development Manual - University of Waterloo. Print a copy and work through your own profile.
Skills Training and Job/Work Search Supports (Resume writing, and more)
ACCES - Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (Scarborough and Downtown Toronto)
Accommodation, Training and Networking for Persons with Disabilities (London)
Canada/Ontario Business Service Centre (for starting your own business, Ontario)
Canadian Career Page (Canada)
Career Directions @ Nokee Kwe employment, training and literacy programs (London)
Career Steps Dixon Hall Community Centre. Check the Site Map. (Toronto)
Centre for Education and Training 8 Employment Resources Centres (Metro Toronto)
Citizen Action Group (Hamilton)
Community MicroSkills Development Centre (Toronto, immigrants, visible minorities and women with low incomes)
COSTI multicultural, ESL, training, job placement, settlement (Greater Toronto Area)
Employment Assistance Services, Job Skills (Markham, Newmarket, Vaughan, Keswick)
Employment and Education Resource Centre (Cornwall)
Focus for Ethnic Women Waterloo Region Inc. (Kitchener-Waterloo, women)
Fred Victor Center Job Search and Computer/Internet Access and training (Toronto)
Gateway Cafe (East York,Toronto, Youth "at risk", 15-29)
Industry Education Council, Algonquin & Limestone (Kingston Region)
Interactive Training Inventory Human Resources Canada
Jewish Vocational Services (Greater Toronto Area)
Job Gym (St. Catharines, Fort Erie, Welland, Niagara Falls)
Job Search for Newcomers Employment programs by COSTI (Durham, Peel, York and Toronto, immigrants/refugees)
JobStart (Etobicoke, Toronto)
Kingston Employment & Youth Services (Kingston, youth)
Kingston Independent Living Resource Centre (South-east Ontario, disabled)
Line 1000 (Ottawa, disabled)
London Unemployment Help Centre (London)
Metro Labour Education Centre (Toronto)
Neighborhood Link Career Planning Centre (eastern Toronto, 45+)
Office Workers Career Centre (Toronto)
Oriole Community Services Association, look at the programs (North York, Toronto)
Parachute Community Employment Centre (Toronto)
People Working & Learning out of work for a long time or having difficulties keeping a job, training (Kitchener-Waterloo)
Possibilities Project Training, education and employment (Toronto)
St. Christopher House many programs (Toronto)
Skills for Change (Toronto, immigrants and refugees)
South Asian Women's Centre (Toronto, women)
South Essex Community Centre (Leamington and far-South-western Ontario)
Street Haven Learning Centre, Street Haven at the Crossroads (Toronto, women's literacy, numeracy, and computer skills as well as a shelter)
Times Change Women's Employment Service (Toronto, women)
Toronto Business Development Centre, Self-employment (Toronto)
Tradesway.com Skilled Trades (Brampton and Mississauga)
Victoria County Career Services Inc. (Lindsay)
WoodGreen Community Centre check out the Employment and Training services (Toronto)
Y.E.S. - Youth Employment Service (Toronto, youth)
YES Employment Services (Thunder Bay, youth)
YOU - Youth Opportunities Unlimited (London, youth)
Youth Employment Information Government of Canada