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Second Career

What is Second Career?

Second Career provides laid-off workers with

- Skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario
- Financial support

Second Career 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.

What is covered?

Second Career provides up to $28,000 for

- tuition
- books
- other instruction costs such as manuals or workbooks
- transportation
- a 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.

Who will be given Priority?

Priority will be given to applicants who:

Are gaining new skills for a high-demand occupation
Have been unemployed for a long period of time
Have a high-school education or less, or postsecondary education credentials that are not recognized in Ontario
Are working toward a college certificate, diploma or license

Ontario's Second Career program will continue to help laid-off workers train for new careers in high-demand fields. Ontario's Fall Economic Statement announced funding of about $294.7 million to support employment and training programs, including Second Career.

Launch in June 2008, Second Career exceeded its three-year goal of helping 20,000 laid-off workers after only 16 months.

The program will continue to provide financial support for tuition, books, travel and other expenses to help workers participate in short- and long-term training programs.

Where can I find service?

Career Foundation. Central Toronto Employment Assessment Centre
Career Foundation. Lawrence Square Employment Assessment Centre
COSTI. Employment Counselling Centre
Goodwill Toronto. Goodwill Employment Assessment Centre
JVS Toronto. JVS North
Labour Education Centre
Ontario March of Dimes. Employment Services
Operation Springboard. Successful Employment Strategies
Progress Career Planning Centre
Toronto District School Board. Danforth Assessment Centre
Toronto District School Board. Toronto North Assessment and Counselling Services
vpi Inc. Employment Assessment Centre. Keele-Finch
vpi Inc. Employment Assessment Centre. North Etobicoke
vpi Inc. Employment Assessment Centre. North Scarborough
vpi Inc. Employment Assessment Centre. South Etobicoke
YMCA of Greater Toronto. Employment and Community Services. Etobicoke. Job Connect

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