Empowering Individuals, Supporting Families, Strengthening Durham Region for more than 50 years.

Standing Together Against Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Asian Racism and Anti-Indigenous Racism and Committing To Social Change

Furthermore, as a Durham Region Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice (DEI CoP) member, CDCD stands in solidarity with other local agencies. Read our commitment statements here

Black History Month: Youth Paint Workshop

Black History Month: Youth Paint Workshop

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 Let’s celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH with Newcomer Youth Services!

Youth Paint Workshop on Wednesday February 28, 2024. Live Lesson with Georgia Fullerton BA, ExAT Professional Visual Artist.

We provide all materials and instructions.

For more information please contact our Newcomer Youth Services Worker – Kim Harris-Eccleston kharris@cdcd.org or 905-686-2661 ext. […]

Public Speaking for Newcomer Youth

Public Speaking for Newcomer Youth

February 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Want to build more confidence and overcome the fear of speaking in front of people?

Join Newcomer Youth Services for Public Speaking and Leadership training classes facilitated by Toastmasters International.

Virtual classes start Thursday February 1, 2024! For more information please contact our Newcomer Youth Services Worker – Kim […]

Durham Living Wage
The Living Wage in Durham is part of a greater movement across Canada which calculates what it takes for a family or an individual to earn a decent living.

Click here to learn more about the Durham Living Wage.

In 2016, CDCD conducted its first Living Wage study and also became a Durham Living Wage employer.

CDCD’s 2021 Durham Living Wage report is now available for download.

Housing Outreach Services

Every 2nd & 3rd Wednesday

We need your help!
We are looking for your gently used furniture and clothing.

Your donations will go
towards helping newcomers, immigrants, refugees, and low-income families.

Click to open the flyers for details and items needed: Furniture Donation Flyer
For more information, please speak with Donette Ambris at 905-686-2661 Ext: 220 or email dambris@cdcd.org.

Newcomer Wellness Durham
Wellness checks and workshops for immigrants and newcomers.

Are you new to Canada and want to start your own business? We are offering an Entrepreneurship Program for all newcomer women in the Durham Region.

Click here for more information.

A project intended to determine how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Durham Region’s Non-Profit sector, and how we can collectively plan for the future.

Mental Health Mondays
Do you need someone to talk to? A community mental health worker can help you.

In person appointments available every Monday afternoon at the Ajax Welcome Centre.

1:00pm – 3:30pm
To make an appointment call:
1-877-761-1155 Toll Free
647-925-8929 Local

Click here for more information.

Newcomer Youth Services
Open to all youth aged 14-29 who identify as a newcomer to Canada. Services provide a variety of free activities including:

  • Recreational and fitness activities
  • Leadership and life-skills
  • Education and employment
  • Health and wellness support
  • Volunteer support and community engagement
  • Information, resources and referrals

Click here for more information.

Point-in-Time Report 2021
Measuring the scope and nature of homelessness in Durham Region.

How We’ve Helped In 2021

Individuals Engaged in Ajax Welcome Centre-Led Initiatives
Educational Sessions – Community Development
Community Connections Group Activities
Clients Served – Orientation Program
Service Engagements – Settlement Workers in Schools Program
Clients Served – Newcomer Settlement Program
Financial Assistance -THSP & HSP Program
Financial Assistance – LEAP Program

Community Development & Research

CDCD strives to ensure that all members of the community are appropriately and equitably engaged in the social, cultural, economic and political life of our community.

Housing Help Durham

We prevent homelessness by helping Durham residents to find and/or maintain their housing.

Settlement Services

Our goal is to help newcomers fully engage in all aspects of Canadian life, social, economic, political and cultural, and to maximize the benefits of their participation and contribution to Canadian society.

SWIS Program

Connecting newly arrived families to services, resources in the school and the community in order to promote settlement and foster student achievement.

Who we are

Our vision, mission and guiding principles.