Second Career

Second Career is an Ontario government program that assists eligible laid off workers in obtaining skills training required to successfully gain employment in high-demand occupations in Ontario.

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Are you out of work?

The can provide financial help to contribute to tuition, books, transportation, and basic living allowance.

Support may also be available to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, dependent care, cost of living away from home and academic/language upgrading. Individuals may be required to make a contribution to their training plan. Training programs up to 24 months may be approved under Second Career.

You may be eligible for Second Career assistance if you:

  • are laid off or have been laid off since January 2005,
  • are unemployed or working an , or
  • are choosing to retrain for a career that is

Second Career provides help to laid-off workers in need who will benefit most from training to find work. Several additional factors are considered when determining who will receive funding.

How to Apply for Second Career Funding

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Learn more

Learn more about Second Career from the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development at .

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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.