Newcomer Organization Network (NCON)

Are you employed by an organization that assists Newcomers to Canada to settle in Peel or Halton? If so there is a networking group established just for you!

The Newcomer Organizations Network (NCON) is a networking group for those who work with Newcomers to Canada in all aspects of their settlement. The group was founded by the Peel Halton Workforce Development Group (formerly Peel Halton Dufferin Training Board), after identifying the need for such a group.

Along with a committee comprised of representatives of those organizations that serve the interests of new Canadians, we have developed that need into a thriving group. Its mission is to inform, educate, and discuss programs, issues, funding opportunities and concerns pertaining to newcomers in the Peel Halton area.

To achieve this, the group meets quarterly for breakfast networking meetings held on the first Thursday of the month in October, January, April and July from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

NCON Meetings are your opportunity to:

Network with people from other organizations that serve the interests of newcomers.

Create partnerships with other members or their agencies.

Listen to keynote speakers who are selected to serve your interests.

Showcase your agency to other members.

Learn about new programs, initiatives and opportunities.

About Newcomer Organizations Network (NCON)

NCON members are expected to attend at least two of our meetings each year and act as representatives of their employers at those meetings. “NCON was cited as a source of best practices in a 2015 document titled Community Collaborative Approaches to Job Development. In a table headed Innovative Practices Spotlight on page 31, Peel Halton Workforce Development Group is listed twice as an example of best practices.”

If you would like more information about NCON, please tell us which newcomer serving organization in Peel or Halton you belong to and your position there. We will inform you whether you meet the criteria for membership.

Please email: or call 905-306- 9588.

Professional Development Series

The Peel Halton Workforce Development Group was awarded funds to deliver professional development (PD) training to the membership of the NewComer Organization Network. Funding granted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation allowed PHWDG to deliver three, day long, professional development conferences over the three years from 2009 to 2011.

The success of these conferences prompted the Ontario Trillium Foundation to increase its funding. It granted funds to provide for three more full day conferences plus three half-day conferences dedicated to labor market information over the three years from 2012 to 2014.

The main objective of the NCON PD Series is:

  • To develop the capacity of the front line staff of newcomer serving agencies in Peel and Halton
  • Empower front line staff of newcomer serving agencies in Peel and Halton
  • To promote collaboration amongst newcomer agencies

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Labour Market Information (LMI) Conferences

The NCON Labour Market Information Conferences were made as an extension to the NCON Professional Development Conferences that the Peel Halton Development Group has presented since the organization was established. Each LMI Conference focuses on a specific topic that is then presented by a guest speaker.

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Newcomer Organization Network (NCON) Sessions

The NCON Sessions are quarterly meeting that occur on the first Thursday of the month in January, April, July and October from 9:00 to 11:30 am. The purpose of the sessions are to inform, educate and network with members regarding concerns pertaining to newcomers in the Peel Halton Area. All NCON members are invited to participate in these meetings. A guest speaker is also invited to speak to the attendees.

2019 – 2020

  • 2020 Winter Session – January 23, 2020
    • Host: COSTI Immigrant Services
    • Keynote: Isaac Mbaziira, Recruitment Director, NPower Canada
    • Theme: “Launching Newcomer Youth into Tech Careers”
  • 2019 Fall Session – October 9, 2019
    • Host: Goodwill, The Amity Group
    • Keynote: Joan Bartel. M.A. OCELT, Professor, Occupation-Specific Language Training, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
    • Theme:  “The Proven Power of Soft Skills – What Newcomers Need to Know to Get a Job”
  • 2019 Summer Session – July 25, 2019
    • Host: Centre for Skills Development
    • Keynote: Amy Sharaf, Stakeholfer Relations and Outreach Advisor, Office of the Independent Police Review Director
    • Theme: Introduction to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director
  • 2019 Spring Session – April 23, 2019
    • Host: Centre for Education & Training
    • Keynote: Trena Carson, Business Liason, HMC Connections & Tammy Whelen, Adult Educator, Mental Health Literacy, Canadian Mental Health Association
    • Theme: Alternative Careers for Internationally Trained Health Care Professionals & Mental Health 101

2018 – 2019

  • 2018 Spring Session – April 12, 2018
    • Host: Churchill Meadows Library
    • Keynote: Kevin Farrugia, Specialist, Data & GIS, Region of Peel & Robert W. Young Barrister and Solicitor, EISENBERG & Young LLP
    • Theme: An Introduction to the Peel Data Centre & Citizenship and Immigration Updates

2017 – 2018

  • 2018 Winter Session- January 18, 2018
    • Host: The Canadian Coptic Centre
    • Keynote: Seema Taneja, Peel Halton LEPC Consultant Richard Pinnock, Walmart Canada
    • Theme: Introduction to the LEPC Systems Map & ‘Mastering Soft Skills’
  • 2017 Fall Session – October 19, 2017
    • Host: Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services
    • Keynote: Rez Kabir, CHRP
    • Theme: “Engaging with SMEs: The Key to Settling Newcomers”
  • 2017 Summer Session – July 20 ,2017
    • Host: Region of Peel
    • Keynote: Ben Earle, Independent Researcher and Management Consultant
    • Theme: “The High Skill Labour Market in Peel and Halton”
  • 2017 Spring Session – April 20, 2017
    • Host: ACCES Employment
    • Keynote: Murali Murthy, The ACE World Foundation
    • Theme: “Build Your Competitive Edge. Gain Knowledge on the Latest Job Trends. Educate and Assist Your Clients with 15 Proven, Tested Job Search Strategies.”

2016 – 2017

  • 2017 Winter Session – February 16, 2017
    • Host: COSTI Immigrant Services
    • Keynote: Rebecca Stulbert, Legal Content Developer and Project Manager, CLEO and Michelle Cader, Community Outreach Manager, CLEO
    • Theme: “Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO): Steps to Justice”
  • 2016 Fall Session – November 23, 2016
    • Host: The Centre for Skills Development & Training
    • Keynote: Jesse Prager, Probation and Parole Officer & Annabelle Mezerra, Operational Manager
    • Theme: “The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services: Correctional Officer Information Session”
  • 2016 Summer Session – August 25, 2016
    • Host: Centre for Education & Training
    • Keynote: Isabel Villeneuve, Program Coordinator, Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs)
    • Theme: “Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC): Professional Immigrant Associations – connecting immigrants to meaningful employment” 2016 Spring Session – May 25, 2016 Host: Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services Keynote: Elga Nikolova, Community Liaison, Immigrant Access Fund (IAF) Theme: “The Immigrant Access Fund: Micro-loans for training and Licensing”

2015 – 2016

  • 2015 Summer Session – July 30, 2015
    • Host: Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services
    • Keynote: Susan Mangar, Project Lead, Magnet
    • Theme: “Magnet – An On-line Job Matching System”

2005 – 2015

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