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Program Comparison Help

Decision-making made easy! This tool gives you a breakdown of individual programs offered at George Brown College and how they differ from other programs you’re interested in. Use this tool to select up to 10 programs to compare, helping you make the right choice for the career you want.
Instructions:

1. Under Program Comparison, click Add a New Program

2. Search for one of the programs you’re interested in (either alphabetically, by interest or by job)

3. Click on the title of the program in the menu

4. Click Add to Comparison

5. Continue searching for programs using steps 2-4

6. When you’re done, clicking Program Comparison will give you a preview of the programs and the option to delete, add or clear all

7. Open Program Compare for more details and an easy-to-read comparison of the programs you’ve selected

How to Qualify

Who is eligible for Second Career Funding?

To register for an Information Session fill in the Registration Form 


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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.

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.