Second Career Program

Second Career is an Ontario government program that provides qualified laid-off employees with skills preparation and financial assistance in order to help them find employment in high-demand professions in the province.

The Ontario government is making the Second Career program more accessible to laid-off employees. You could be eligible for these reforms if you were laid off in one of the COVID-19-affected sectors since March 1, 2020.

To Qualify:

To begin, you might be qualified for Second Career if you meet the following criteria:

  • You were laid off on or after January 1, 2005, and you live in Ontario.
  • You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or are a treaty refugee claimant who meets the criteria (talk to an Employment Advisor to confirm eligibility)
  •  You can prove that the profession you want to learn about has a demand in the labour market and that there are decent job opportunities locally or in Ontario.
  • You can also apply even if you have previously received Employment Insurance (EI). You must demonstrate the following when planning your application:
    • How long you’ve been unemployed, how long you’ve been doing your temporary job, and how long you’ve been looking for jobs (for example, cover letters, CVs, and replies from prospective employers)
    • What level of education you had, how long you worked there, and what qualifications were needed, what skills and experience you want to acquire, and where this training is available

Financial Assistance

You could be eligible for up to $28,000.00 in reimbursement for expenses such as:

  •  Tuition Fee
  • Textbooks
  • Costs of living
  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Travel
  •  Support for people with disabilities
  • Basic living allowance during skill training

You must present the training costs when you apply to the Second Career. It’s possible that you’ll have to cover any of these expenses yourself. The price you’ll have to pay is determined by a number of factors, the first of which is your household’s total (before tax) revenue.

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