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About Second Career Funding

Many Canadians have had to face the hardships of finding employment in a declining industry or trade. Thousands of skilled and experienced workers are finding themselves stuck in industries that can no longer offer sufficient job security. The Ontario Government recognizes the number of recently laid off Canadians who are stuck in these types of situations and has begun to offer Ontario Government  Funding for individuals to begin a new career path.

Second Career Ontario is a government-funded program for individuals who have been laid off and would like to start a career in a new industry. The program provides individuals with the skills and financial support to become qualified for a high demand position in a growing Canadian industry. Individuals can receive up to $28K in Ontario Government funding grants towards their costs of tuition, books, living expenses, caring for dependents, travel, transportation, and other living and training costs. This program is considered a cost-sharing program, meaning that individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine the amount of financial support they will receive.


Second Career funding was created to help people who have been laid off since January 1, 2005 and are still either unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week. The assumption is that, with new skills, you would be eligible for new job opportunities. You may even be eligible if you are working, if your current job is outside your field and you took it just to make ends meet.

There’s never been a better time to apply for advanced training in the career of your choice.

 Eligible training helps Second Career funding participants move up to better jobs than they could get without the training. This is a very specific government program, so some of these conditions need to be defined.


In this case a “laid-off worker” can be someone who:

•          is still unemployed

•          has taken any interim jobs to make ends meets but is currently unemployed

•          has taken any interim jobs to make ends meets and is still in that job

•          is on salary continuance (an alternative to pay in lieu of notice or severance. The employeesreceive their regular salary for a designated period and they may receive some or all of their benefits as well)

•          is on severance (a lump sum paid to an employee upon termination).

An “interim job to make ends meet” must have a lower wage and/or a lower skill level compared to the original. These jobs may be full-time, part-time, seasonal, or contract work.

“Demand occupation” means there is a demonstrated need in Ontario. You’ll need to provide labour market information, but not necessarily job postings, with your application.


A "better job" must be at a higher wage or higher skill level or offer more opportunity for the future.

So, where do you start?

1.        The first step is to visit an Employment Ontario assessment centre. A case counsellor will talk to you about your career goals and if Second Career is right for you.

2.         Determine the program you wish to attend with the help of your counsellor.

3.         Apply to your program of choice.

4.         Revisit your case counsellor and inform her or him of your decision and/or acceptance.

Please remember that the Ministry's approval for Second Career funding is separate from college acceptance. Both approvals must be obtained before you start classes.

For additional information on the Ontario Government Funding Programs for Hiring, contact a Canadian Government Funding Expert to receive application support and advice.

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