What is Second Career?
Launched in June 2008, Second Career is an Ontario government initiative that enables Ontarians who have been laid-off, to train for new careers that are in high demand. It is a cost-sharing grant based on need, so applicants may be required to contribute a portion of their training and education costs depending on their financial situation and cost of training.
Second Career provides up to $28,000 for
- Manuals or workbooks
- Transportation to school
- A basic living allowance
Persons with disabilities, those who require dependent care, or those who have additional costs due to living away from home may be eligible for additional support.
Can I apply for a Second Career Grant?
You can apply to Second Career if:
- You have been laid off and are still unemployed
- You were laid off but have taken an interim job*
- Choose to retrain for a career that is in demand**
*An “interim job to make ends meet” must have a lower wage and/or a lower skill level compared to the job you originally had. These jobs may be full-time, part-time, seasonal, or contract work.
**An in demand occupation means there is a demonstrated need in Ontario. You will need to provide labour market information with your application.
There are several factors that are considered when determining eligibility for the Second Career grant
- Work History
- Length of unemployment
- Experience and occupational skills
- Active job search
- Training request
- Labour market prospects
For more information visit the Ontario Second Career website.