Ontario Helping Workers Start New Careers

Published on July 14, 2021

COVID-19 has created significant challenges for workers looking to get training for in-demand careers and businesses looking for highly skilled talent.


That’s why the government is increasing financial supports available and simplifying the application process for individuals applying to the Second Career program which has already helped more than 2,000 workers in the first 5 months of 2021.  


The Second Career program helps laid-off, unemployed workers pay for the tuition of training programs of 52 weeks in duration or less, training materials, and living expenses.


Starting today, laid-off and unemployed workers will experience a faster Second Career application process as they will no longer need to provide burdensome amounts of documentation to get funding.


We’re also increasing the weekly basic living supports for low-income workers to cover costs for rent, mortgage and other expenses up to $500 a week. Additionally, transportation and child care supports are being enhanced to better reflect the costs that people currently face. 


As the province’s economy begins to reopen, these changes will make it easier for job seekers to pursue training, start new and better careers, and make a better living for themselves and their families.


For more information visit: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000512/ontario-helping-workers-start-new-careers