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Second Career Strategies

Office worker in the centre of activityWhat is Second Career?

Second Career is a provincially funded program by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and provides laid off workers with:

  • Skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario; and
  • Financial support, if needed

Is Second Career right for me?

Second Career provides help to laid-off workers in need who will benefit most from training to find work.  Several factors are considered when assessing what funding is available.  We will help applicants based on their:

  • Active job search
  • Length of unemployment
  • Education background
  • Work history
  • Labour market prospects
  • Training request
  • Experience and occupational skills

Financial Support

Second Career is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need, so you may be asked to contribute to your training or education.  Second Career may provide up to $28,000 for:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Other instruction costs such as manuals or workbooks
  • Transportation
  • Basic living allowance

Additional support may be available to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, dependent care, costs of living away from home and academic upgrading.

What will I be asked to contribute?

Your contribution to retraining will depend on your financial situation and cost of training.

Second Career takes into consideration the cost for:

  • Tuition and incremental costs (i.e., ancillary fees, books, etc.)
  • Accommodation
  • Living away from home allowance (if applicable)
  • Food
  • Phone, internet charges
  • Heat and hydro
  • Transportation
  • Dependent care
  • Disability supports (if applicable)

Participants may be required to contribute towards the cost of training.  Your actual contribution to retraining will be determined by MTCU.  There are limits to the amount MTCU will provide for dependent care, accommodation and other factors, such as tuition.  Staff at our Second Career Assessment office can help.

Second Career eligibility questions?

  • Were you laid off after January 1, 2005 with no opportunities in your field?
  • Are you unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week or employed in a transition job? (earning minimum wage and in a NOC D* occupation)
    *Semi- and low-skilled jobs that require little or no education or training, generally in industry, manufacturing, clerical, sales and services
  • Do you need to pursue skills training?  (You are not eligible if you have completed training in the last 2 years whether self-funded or not.)
  • Is your chosen program of study in a demand field?

If you answered yes to these questions, a referral to Employment & Training Services for Second Career would be appropriate to review eligibility, suitability and financial need.

This Employment Ontario project, program or service is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

To learn more about Second Career please visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website.  

Employment Ontario
This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada.