The Government of Ontario’s Welcome to Ontario, First Days in Ontario, and Building a New Life in Ontario guides are available here in several different languages.
The Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) is a social insurance program that all workers contribute to. Everyone who works in Canada contributes to the CPP and may collect CPP when they retire. Visit the Service Canada Pension Plan website for more information.
The Federal Employment Insurance (EI) program pays workers who lose their jobs, for reasons that are not their own fault, a percentage of their wages for a period of time until they find employment. You must be trying to find work while collecting EI.
New mothers on maternity leave and new fathers on parental leave may also receive Employment insurance. Visit the Service Canada Employment Insurance webpage to learn more about EI and how to qualify.
Province and country-level employment standard laws in Canada protect workers and employers. It is because of these laws that we have a minimum wage, health and safety standards and work hours. Human rights laws also help protect employees from being discriminated against because of sex, age, race, religion or disabilities.
Every person over the age of fifteen who earned an income in Canada in the last year must file an income tax return. The Canadian Revenue Agency collects income tax for the federal government. Every year April 30 is the deadline to file income tax records for the previous year. Visit Settlement.Org to see more information about the tax system in Canada.
Own Your Own
Oxford County is a thriving environment to own, operate and grow your business. With a population of over 100,000 residents living in the 5 townships of Oxford County, you are sure to find a steady demand for your product or service and a loyal customer base. Oxford County businesses are varied and unique, from small town specialty stores, to multi-cultural cuisine and manufacturing. You can be sure you will find your niche market in our home towns.
Oxford County welcomes new business owners from all corners of the globe. We have support for every business owner at any stage of development and specialty supports for young entrepreneurs and newcomers. Our local business support centres are ready to help you refine your concept, develop your business plan and see you through your launch. Our regional Chamber of Commerce offices will help you connect and network within the Oxford County communities, making sure you reach every possible customer.
The Oxford Small Business Support Centre (OSBSC) in Ingersoll is committed to small business and community development in our county. The OSBSC will help you consider the feasibility of your business idea and develop it into a viable enterprise through business seminars, workshops and 1:1 consultation. As a non-profit organization the OSBSC provides business advice and guidance to all entrepreneurs, as well as access to financing. The OSBSC delivers the Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program for the region.
The Woodstock and Area Small Business Enterprise Centre (WASBEC) is focused on providing support to start-up and small enterprises during their first through fifth years of operation. Entrepreneurs are provided with easy access to business counselling services and information covering management, marketing, technology and financing. WASBEC delivers the Summer Company program for young entrepreneurs wishing to run a summer business.
The SureStart Entrepreneurship Program is located in Ingersoll at the Fusion Youth Activity Centre. SureStart provides business training, planning and support to youth age 18 to 29. Business training is provided throughout Oxford County and is scheduled conveniently to meet the needs of youth in school, employed or with other commitments. Bursaries up to $1000 are available to candidates with a great business idea and a solid business plan. The SureStart program recognizes and values the contributions of young entrepreneurs to the economic growth of our area.
We welcome you to contact our business support providers for more information.
Oxford Small Business Centre
188 Oxford St, Ingersoll ON
(519) 425 0401
Woodstock and Area Small Business Enterprise Centre
453 Dundas St. Woodstock ON
(519) 421 2129
SureStart Youth Entrepreneurship program
Fusion Youth Activity Centre
121 Thames St. North, Ingersoll ON
(519) 485 4386
Community Employment Services offers supports and services to help new immigrants settle in Oxford County. Services include information and orientation, assistance with immigration and Canadian documentation, and much more.
Key Support Services
- Orientation to the local Community
- Settlement Information and counseling
- Employment services designed for newcomers
- Help completing documents
- Interpretation/translation (some fees may apply)
- Advocacy and referral
- Community connections program
- Community programs and agencies
- English as a second language training
- Education and school registration
- Health Care
- Sponsorship and Citizenship
- Recreational activities and programs
- Legal Issues and Human Rights
- Life in Canada
- Other settlement needs
Banking and Finance
The Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF) organization has recently developed a Newcomer Finances Toolkit, produced with funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The kit is designed for service providers to use with their clients, but there is tremendous value in the kit to use on your own. Start with the instructors manual, which will give you an overview of the toolkit as well as helpful information on how to use it, or make an appointment with Community Employment Services – Settlement Services staff for hands on help.
Click here to access the Newcomer Finances Toolkit.
Community Employment Services is located at :
40 Metcalf Street
Karen Oldroyd – Settlement Worker