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Second Career

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Second Career is a government-funded retraining program that helps laid off, unemployed or under-employed individuals get employment in skilled occupations that are in demand in Ontario.


Eligible Training

Second Career funds training that will support individuals looking for work in high demand occupations in Ontario. The training:

  • can be up to 52 weeks
  • can be occupation-specific
  • can include academic upgrading or language training if part of a specific skills training program
  • can be full-time or part-time (additional criteria apply if part-time)

Some restrictions apply.

Eligible Costs

Second Career funding may cover the costs of tuition, books, living expenses and other costs associated with the training up to a maximum of $28,000.

Who can participate in Second Career?

There are two steps to determine eligibility for Second Career:

Step #1: Eligibility

Have been laid off on or after January 1, 2005, or left work for medical reasons (supported by a doctor's note).

Step #2: Suitability

Additional factors that determine suitability for the Second Career program include:

  • Length of time actively job searching
  • Length of time unemployed
  • Highest level of education
  • Type of training you are interested in
  • Type of work you are training for
  • Past work experience
  • Current financial situation

Manufacturing Initiative

Laid off from manufacturing, you could be eligible for Second Career right away!

How do I get started?

The first step is to speak to one of our experienced staff to see if the Second Career program is right for you. Please call or visit the location near you for more information.

Cambridge 519-623-9380 | 35 Dickson St.
Guelph 519-822-4141 | 89 Wyndham St. N., 3rd Floor
Kitchener 519-743-2460 | 165 King St. E.

Not the right program for you? No problem. Contact us to get information about the other training programs and services available in your community.

This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Ontario government

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