Second Career program to give more than 2,750 jobseekers up to $28,000 in tuition, training
Ontario is investing $77 million to help workers laid off due to the impact of COVID-19 find in-demand jobs in their local communities.
More than 2,750 job seekers will receive up to $28,000 each for tuition, training materials and living expenses.
"Our government will connect people to rewarding careers, enabling them to contribute to our economic recovery," says Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development. "Our updated and improved Second Career program will help people get back on their feet, learn new skills and provide hope for them and their families."
The Second Career grant program helps jobseekers train for careers in sectors including advanced manufacturing, life sciences, information and communications and supportive health services.
Previously, Ontario also announced it is investing $21 million in pre-apprenticeship training programs to help those facing employment barriers to start careers in the skilled trades, and $511,100 to provide second careers for 180 military veterans and reservists.
Enhancements to the Second Career program will focus on training initiatives with a duration of 52 weeks or less, helping more people get trained quicker and get back to work faster, says the government.
“These changes will also remove existing caps on the funding amount available to cover tuition at a wider range of institutions.”
The province also announced an investment of $59.5 million over three years to expand micro-credential retraining programs.