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Second Career

What is Second Career?

Second Career is an Ontario government program that enables laid-off Ontarians to train for a new job in high-demand careers.

Second Career helps people get the training or education they need to get a good job. It is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need, so you may be asked to contribute what you can to your training or education. It may provide financial support up to $28,000 and consider costs for:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Living expenses
  • Help caring for dependents
  • Travel
  • Transportation
  • Disability supports
  • Basic living allowance (during skill training)

Additional costs may be considered for disability accommodation, dependent care, living away from home and academic upgrading.

Skills training for up to two years in duration will be considered. If academic upgrading or English as a Second Language training is required as a prerequisite to skills training, the total training period can be up to three years.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have been laid off on or after January 1, 2005; and
  • Be unemployed or working an interim job: and
  • Demonstrate occupational demand for the training request with evidence of good employment prospects locally or within Ontario

How can Community Employment Services help?

Sheridan Community Employment Services can help you with your Second Career funding application. We offer one-on-one support with an individual Employment Consultant who will assist you from start to finish!

Check out our Workshop page to register for a Second Career Information Workshop today.

Second Career resources

Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities (MTCU) resources

Self-Service websites

Academic Upgrading

Career Exploration, Planning & Development

Application for School/Training

Labour Market Information

Resources for Internationally-Trained Individuals/Professionals

Credential Evaluation

Apprenticeship & Skilled Trades Information

Entrepreneurial & Self-Employment Sites

Other Sites of Interest