How to Qualify

Who is eligible for Second Career Funding?

If you were laid off after 2004, you may qualify for skills training in demand occupations in Ontario – even if you’ve received Employment Insurance (EI). Eligible training helps Second Career participants move up to better jobs than they could get without the training. This is a very specific government program, so some of these conditions need to be defined.

To register for an Information Session fill in the Registration Form

In this case a “laid-off worker” can be someone who:

  • is still unemployed
  • has taken any interim jobs to make ends meets but is currently unemployed
  • has taken any interim jobs to make ends meets and is still in that job
  • is on salary continuance (an alternative to pay in lieu of notice or severance. The employees receive their regular salary for a designated period and they may receive some or all of their benefits as well)
  • is on severance (a lump sum paid to an employee upon termination).

An “interim job to make ends meet” must have a lower wage and/or a lower skill level compared to the original. These jobs may be full-time, part-time, seasonal, or contract work.

“Demand occupation” means there is a demonstrated need in Ontario. You’ll need to provide labour market information, but not necessarily job postings, with your application.

A "better job" must be at a higher wage or higher skill level or offer more opportunity for the future.

IF you accepted EI, you may qualify for:

  • between six months and two years of skills training for National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level B and equivalent occupations in demand in Ontario
  • up to one year of academic upgrading where necessary as a prerequisite for skills training.

Non-EI-eligible individuals may qualify for:

  • up to two years of skills training for either NOC skill level B or NOC skill level C occupations and equivalent in demand in Ontario
  • up to one year of academic upgrading where necessary as a prerequisite for skills training.

Please visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website at http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/secondcareer/

You can also contact your local Employment Ontario office for confirmation of your eligibility for financial assistance under the Second Career program.