Have you been laid off and unable to find workAre you working a temporary job to cover your expenses? If either or both of these apply to you, the Government of Ontario’s Second Career program may be able to helpYou can apply for up to $28,000 for costs including: tuition, books, manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs, transportation, up to $410 weekly in basic living allowance, and child care. In order to do so, be sure that you have the information below that is needed to apply.

Previous or current employment information. You should provide your notice of termination from your most recent employer if you have been laid off; if you are working a temporary job, use your employment contract. In both cases, you’ll be able to show how long you have either been out of work, working your temporary job, or looking for work.

Education level should be indicated: note that Second Career currently has a faster approval process for those applying with a high school education or less.  

Schoolsprograms, and skills that you want to apply for and learn; look into and list at least three training institutions to make sure they offer the training you need. Priority is usually given to programs with high potential for future employment and have been hit hard by COVID-19, such as hospitality and food services, transportation and warehousing or wholesale and retail trade. Make sure to include at least one applied arts and technology college and at least one private career college. You can find links to provincially-certified colleges here (https://www.ontario.ca/page/go-college-or-university-ontario).

You can find information on how to identify an in-demand occupation here, and more information about wages, education requirements, and skills required for different careers here.

Financial information will be needed about your incomeyour household income (e.g. spouse), and current expensesIncome information can be provided in the form of tax returns, pay stubs, and other documents that show how much you and others in your household earn. Expenses that you should note include essentials like rent, hydro, gas, groceries, and transportation costs, so make sure to keep copies of these receipts and bills. 

Attempts to find work can be show in a few ways. For example, you can have a copy of resumés/CVs that you’ve used to apply for jobs; be sure to include the workplaces and positions you have applied for. You can also use responses from potential employers you have applied to, such as interview invitations or letters of rejection.

By making sure you have your application information ready, you can come prepared for the next chapter in your career! For more information and Employment Ontario services near you, check out https://www.ontario.ca/page/second-career.