Second Career Program Redesigned

Published on December 18, 2020

Minister McNaughton announced the government is helping people laid off due to the impact of COVID-19 get back to work with up to $28,000 for tuition, training materials and living expenses. The government is providing hope and opportunity to those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario’s redesigned Second Career program now focuses on training jobseekers for in-demand jobs in their local communities including advanced manufacturing, life sciences, information and communications, and supportive health services.

Laid-off workers can apply to this redesigned program and obtain funding for training programs up to one year. The government will be continuously improving this program to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support those hardest hit by COVID-19.

The redesigned Second Career program which is simpler and faster will help many people get the training and support they need to find good jobs, provide for their families, and play an important role in our economic recovery.

This will help businesses grow after the pandemic, support communities, and get Ontario back on track.

By the numbers:

52 weeks or less: Duration of training that will be eligible for Second Career funding

$28,000: Maximum funding an individual can receive through Second Career

$64.9M: Government spending for Second Career in fiscal year 2019/20

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