As days turn into weeks you will begin to feel more settled. Below are some of the things that may be of importance in your first weeks working or looking
for work in Oxford County.
Building a Life in Ontario Guide
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.
Finding a Job in Oxford County
Oxford County offers many professional opportunities for residents and newcomers.
CES is a ‘one stop centre for accessing a variety of employment related programs and services in Oxford County.’ All CES services are free and
These services include:
Resume and cover letter preparation
Foreign qualification accreditation
Job search strategies
Training and self-employment information
Labour market information
Access to employer hiring incentives and wage subsidies
CES operates offices in Woodstock, Ingersoll, Norwich, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, and Thamesford. Click here to find the CES office in your community.
Phone: 519.539.8161 or
Toll free: 1.888.439.816
Visit the CES Job Board to browse employment opportunities available in Oxford
County right now.
Canada Pension Plan
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
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.
Having Your Credentials Recognized
Before you come to Canada, it is important to understand whether and how your credentials from your home country will be recognized here.
Community Employment Services (CES) in Oxford County provides accreditation services for residents and newcomers.
CES is a ‘one stop centre for accessing a variety of employment related programs and services in Oxford County,’ including credential assessment and
accreditation. All CES services are free and confidential.
CES operates offices in Woodstock, Ingersoll, Norwich, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, and Thamesford.
Phone: 519.539.8161 or
Toll free: 1.888.439.816
to find the CES office in your community.
Visit Immigration Canada’s Foreign Credentials Referral Office website for more information on how your can
have your credentials recognized.
Several organizations in Southern Ontario specialize in helping newcomers get their credentials recognized:
Other organizations offering credentials assessment in Southern Ontario include:
Access Centre for Regulated Employment
171 Queens Avenue Suite 320
Phone: 519. 858.2348
Global Experience Ontario
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
163 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor
Phone: 416.327.9694 or 1.866.670.4094
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