Second Career

Second Career is a Government of Ontario retraining program that provides laid-off workers with financial support and skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario.

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. Second Career provides up to $28,000 for tuition, books, transportation and 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.


You can apply to Second Career if you:

  • are laid off or have been laid off since January 2005
  • are unemployed or working an interim job
  • are choosing to retrain for a career that is in demand

Second Career provides help to laid-off workers in need who will benefit most from training to find work. Several factors are considered when figuring out who will receive funding. An applicant’s eligibility is based on their:

  • Active job search
  • Length of unemployment
  • Education background
  • Work history
  • Labour market prospects
  • Training request
  • Experience and occupational skills

The Working Centre is an access point for the Second Career program. Contact The Working Centre’s reception desk and register for a Second Career information session to learn more. From there you can make an appointment with a Working Centre counsellor specializing in Second Career.

Contact Information

For more information about Second Career, please contact Reception.

Phone: 519-743-1151

The Working Centre at 58 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario

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