Are you out of work? The Second Career program can provide financial help to contribute to tuition, books, transportation and basic living allowance.

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.

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.


Am I eligible for Second Career?

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.

You may be eligible for 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

How to apply?

Call to schedule an appointment with an Employment Consultant to discuss Second Career funding.

More information is available about this program from the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development at .

Through Employment Ontario’s Second Career program, Karen Hunter was able to return to school to pursue her dream and become a Social Service Worker.

Karen reached her lowest point when following a serious back injury, she was unable to get out of bed to tuck her youngest son into bed. Following that evening, Hunter was driven to find some way back to meaningful employment in a job she would be able to manage within her medical restrictions.
Following career assessments, Hunter was able to determine she was a great fit to work in social services, and was able to apply to Niagara College’s Social Service Worker two-year program with financial support from Employment Ontario’s Second Career program.
Hunter completed her program in April 2017, with a 93 per cent overall average, and 111 per cent grades in two of her courses. Hunter quickly found employment following a placement with Community Support Services for where she is now the Wellness Co-ordinator running numerous programs for seniors.