Community Scoop

Community Scoop

The following are external community services and opportunities, not affiliated with the Filipino Centre Toronto. The material and information contained on this page is for general information purposes only.  Any reliance you place on such materials is strictly at your own risk.​

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Canadian Skills Development - Government Financial Assistance Available!

Get funding to start a new career with the Canadian Skills Development Consultants!

Explore Government Financial Assistance available for:
➔ Personal Support Worker
➔ Community Service Worker
➔ Food Service Worker
➔ Addiction Worker
➔ Medical Office Admin
➔ Pharmacy Assistant
➔ Dental Hygiene
➔ Medical Aesthetics
➔ Hair Stylist
➔ Early Childhood Assistant
➔ Educational Assistant
➔ Accounting and Payroll
➔ Business Administration
➔ Logistics and Supply Chain
➔ Project Management IT/General
➔ Banking and Financial Services
➔ Network Engineer
➔ Cyber Security Specialist
➔ Web and Graphic Designer
➔ Mobile Application Developer
➔ Software Testing and QA
➔ Cardio/Ultrasound Technician
➔ Electrician
➔ Welding
➔ First Aid, CPR

If you're eligible and interested in applying, you can visit the Canadian Skills Development COnsultants office at 15-4465 Sheppard Ave. E, Scarborough, ON, M1S 5H9.

Contact Maynard Villamer, Education and Career Counsellor:
Phone: 437-268-0430 OR 416-321-8722

Toy Drive with MP Gary Anandasangaree

The holidays have always been a time of kindness and warmth in Scarborough—Rouge Park. As we celebrate the season and prepare for the New Year, MP Gary Anandasangaree want to ensure that the brave boys and girls battling sickle cell anemia at the Scarborough-Health Network also enjoy a warm and memorable holiday.

From now until December 7th, MP Gary Anandasangaree's office will be collecting gifts and toys so that every child receives a gift and enjoys a fantastic Christmas. The office hopes you can join by providing a toy to one or more of the children.

If you are interested, please sign up and select a toy from the Wish List (TINYURL.COM/SRP-TOY-DRIVE) and kindly deliver it to the MP's Constituency Office.

Address: Constituency Office, 3600 Ellesmere Rd, Unit 3, Scarborough, ONM1C 4Y8

Gift Drop-off Timing: Now to December 7th, Weekdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact 416-283-1414 or email

Special "Cash Back" Mortgage Promotion

$1000 Cash Back Gift! *upon closed mortgage: limited time only!

Has your income been affected due to COVID-19? Are your monthly payments too high? Are you behind on mortgage payments? Harold the Mortgage Agent can help!

1st and 2nd mortgages with a quick closing.

To learn more, phone or text Harold Gertsei, Mortgage Agent (Broker License #12580): 647-400-4653

Pinoys on Parliament

Pinoys on Parliament is an Ottawa-based, youth organization established in 2019 to bring together young Filipino Canadians to discuss issues important to our community, with a focus on representation in various spheres of influence.

This year's annual conference will be the fourth ever Pinoys on Parliament conference, with the theme of Balikbayan.

The 2023 conference will be held in-person in Ottawa, Ontario. It will consist of a keynote address, three speaking panels, twenty one workshops, a cultural showcase, and community symposium. The conference is open to Filipino-Canadian youth from various provinces.

More information and registration for this conference can be found here:

Lunchbox Shaming: Asian Immigrant Families’ Perspectives on Canadian School Food Environment RESEARCH STUDY

Looking for research study participants!

Have you or your child ever brought food from your family's background to school for lunch? Tell us about your school lunchtime experience! You and your child can receive up to $75 in gift cards for sharing your experiences.

This project is led by Dr. Yukari Seko at Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University), School of Professional Communication (

Requirements for participation:
➔ Child aged 8-12 (Grade 3-6)
➔ Parent immigrated to Canada from China, India or the Philippines
➔ Child currently attends school in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
➔ Both parent and child agree to participate

We are looking to recruit children and their families for Phase 2 of our research study. We will be collecting data on: Sunday November 20, 2022: 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm, at Toronto Metropolitan University (80 Gould Street Toronto, ON M5B 2K3)

Recruitment ends on Tuesday November 15 @ 5pm. So, if you and your family are interested in participating in this study, please sign up before Tuesday November 15 @ 5pm!

Contact Research Coordinator Veen Wong at for more information.

Osteoarthritis in Women Study - Call for participants

You are being invited to participate in a research study that aims to explore perspectives about person-
centred osteoarthritis care. The research study is being conducted by Dr. Anna Gagliardi from University
Health Network (UHN), and it involves a single telephone interview of approximately 20 minutes. During
the interview, we will ask you for your perspectives, experiences, and recommendations on strategies to
improve care for immigrant women with osteoarthritis. You will receive an e-gift card for your

You are eligible for this study if you:
➔ Have suspected or confirmed osteoarthritis
➔ Are aged 40 or older
➔ Were born in or have lived in Canada for 10 years or more
➔ Can speak and understand English language
➔ Represent the following ethno-cultural groups: Caucasian (White European), East Asian (Chinese, Filipino), South Asian (Indian, Pakistani), Black (African, Caribbean)

If you are interested in participating or wish to learn more about the study, please contact Angelina
Abbaticchio by email: Please note that information sent by email may be
accessible by external parties and therefore not entirely secure. Many thanks for your consideration.

Connecting and Learning to Manage during COVID-19

CALM - Connecting and Learning to Manage during COVID-19.

Presented in partnership with OTEC and Tourism SkillsNet Ontario.

Delivered entirely online, this free instructor-led program helps participants to re-energize and build self-confidence before they tackle the job market again. It will provide connection, engagement and support to help individuals succeed when opportunities emerge. CALM includes eight virtual weekly workshops on strategies such as stress and self-management, self-care and emotional intelligence. Participants will receive referrals to support services and weekly one-on-one sessions with a life coach.

➔ Dates: October 28 – December 16th, 2022
➔ Program POES Name: CALM – Connecting and Learning to Manage during COVID-19
➔ Agency Name: Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)
➔ Duration: 8 Weeks
➔ Program schedule: participants meet online for 2-3 hours per week, on Fridays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
➔ Method of Study: Online
➔ Eligibility: 18 years and older; OW recipient; S.I.N.; Unemployed or working part-time
➔ Cost: No cost to eligible participants

Program Webpage Link:

Bridge to Healthcare: Alternatives Online

Bridge to Health Care: Alternatives Online is an online platform, accessible anytime, anywhere.

This program provides:
➔ Canadian workplace values and expectations
➔ Health care terminology and communication
➔ Current job search techniques and strategies
➔ Linking with a professional health care mentor
➔ Completing a work placement
➔ Participating in virtual employer networking events

Industry-specific certification includes:
➔ Blended SFA, BLS, and WHMIS

This Program is available at NO COST to people who are/have:
➔ Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, Landed Immigrant, or Live-in Caregiver
➔ Internationally Educated Professional with a degree in a health care-related field
➔ Minimum two years work experience in healthcare outside of Canada
➔ Legally entitled to work in Canada
➔ English language level equal to CLB 7


Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Polycultural Scarborough South Youth Programs

Now that we have begun the 2022-2023 school year, Polycultural has some exciting in-person youth programs at our Scarborough South location (located near Markham and Eglinton).

On Monday’s, we will be running our Arts and Crafts Club from 4pm-5pm. On Tuesday’s, we will be running our in-person homework club from 4pm-5:30pm. Both programs are for children ages 6-13.

On Wednesday’s, we will have our Feminine Fusion group for teenager girls ages 13-18. This will be a fun and interactive group for teenager girls to meet other girls in the community and spend time doing fun and engaging activities as well as empowering each other and developing leadership skills.

For those thinking of applying for post-secondary, we will be running a virtual post-secondary 101 workshop on October 6th, 2022 from 5pm-6pm. We will go over the post-secondary application process in Ontario, financial assistance as well as important dates. This will be an informative workshop for those who need more clarity and resources.

To register, please contact or (416) 261-4901 ext 3248.

Online Career Planning & Job Search Basics for Newcomers

The City of Mississauga and Catholic Cross-Cultural Services presents an online workshop regarding online career planning and job search, geared towards newcomers to Canada.

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Flight Volunteer from the Philippines

The following is a message from an individual:

I am a student at the University of Toronto and recently adopted a dog from Laguna. I require someone to accompany the dog from Manila on a flight to Canada (ideally Toronto or Vancouver), and am willing to offer compensation. With the approaching semester bringing international students back to Toronto, I thought I would reach out to inquire if any Filipino organizations in the city could assist with finding a flight volunteer. Even sharing the linked post would be helpful.

Compassion Tech PSW Program (free training)

Key Info
➔ Program funded by the province of Ontario
➔ Program Duration - 28 Weeks (740 Hours) 18 weeks of theory (Hybrid) and 10 weeks of placement.
➔ Free Tuition and Books provided.
➔ Up to CAD 5000 paid towards placement stipend.
➔ Placement will be held in the Durham region.
➔ A Free Laptop will be provided for digital skills training for the students after enrollment.
➔ Initial costs for medical checks and police clearance will be borne by the applicant.

To enroll in the program, the following prerequisites need to be completed. The program is meant only for Permanent Residents, Canadian citizens, or Protected Persons
➔ There is no specific limitation on age, however, having a good physical health record is required for the PSW profession.
➔ Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent OR pass a basic literacy and math test
➔ Provide a complete immunization record - Due within 45 days (including weekends) of the enrollment date.
➔ Provide clean criminal and vulnerable sector police clearance record
➔ Two-step vaccination for COVID-19 is mandatory