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Employment Services

Second Career

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.


The Ontario Government is committed to helping laid-off workers return to work.

Second Career is designed to help workers who have been laid-off and are currently unemployed or underemployed get the skills training they need to find work in one of Ontario's high-demand occupations. Many colleges and private career colleges in Ontario offer programs that will get you the skills you need to get back into the workforce.

What does Second Career cover?

Second Career is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need; you may be asked to contribute what you can to your training or education.

Second Career provides up to $28,000 for:

  • tuition
  • books
  • other instruction costs such as manuals or workbooks
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance

How do I apply for Second Career funding?

Your first step is to meet with an Employment Advisor to determine if you are eligible for Second Career. Several factors are considered when figuring out who will receive funding. Your Employment Advisor will need to review your work history/experience, a copy of your Record of Employment (ROE) indicating a lay-off, education background and length of unemployment/active job search.

If you are eligible for Second Career you will be required to attend a workshop to learn how to complete the Second Career application. Your Employment Advisor will help you every step of the way but it is your responsibility to ensure your application is completed and submitted in a timely manner.

Helpful Resources:

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Ontario Colleges