Second Career Program

In 2008, the Second Career Program was implemented to help laid-off, unemployed workers make the transition to careers in growing areas of the labour market by returning to school in approved programs at approved institutions. For the purposes of the Second Career program, “laid-off” individuals who were laid-off on or after January 1, 2005 and then became self-employed. 

The intention of the Second Career program is to return individuals to employment by the most cost effective path. Basic eligibility, suitability and financial determination will be conducted with interested persons prior to an application being made to the Second Career Program. 

You must be a resident of Ontario and your education must be completed in Ontario by an accredited College or Private Institution. 

If your application is successful the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development may provide up to $28,000 to cover: all or a portion of the tuition costs, books and transportation costs, a basic living allowance based on individual demonstrated needs and other mandatory instructional costs to help approved applicants participate in skills training. 

Additional support may be available to accommodate the needs of people with a disability, dependent care, living away from home costs and costs related to Literacy and Basic Skills. 

Notice: Manufacturing workers laid off on or after January 1, 2019

The Ontario government has made temporary changes that make it easier and faster for laid off manufacturing and auto workers to access the Second Career program. If you were laid off from a manufacturing employer on or after January 1, 2019, you may benefit from these changes. To learn more, contact an employment service provider in your area.

See our FAQ regarding Second Career for more information.

Interested persons should contact LEAP directly to arrange an appointment to discuss the eligibility and suitability components of the Second Career Program and process. Contact us today for your personalized assessment!