Second Career

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

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • 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.