Looking to retrain for a new career?
Second Career is an Ontario government cost-sharing grant that helps laid-off and underemployed individuals retrain for jobs in growing fields. Qualified applicants can receive financial help with tuition, books and supplies, transportation and living expenses associated with their education.
Check out our step by step guide below to learn more about eligibility and application steps.
(Download 10 steps on How to Apply for Second career at George Brown College document in PDF format.)
Step 1 - Start Early
This 10 step process can take several months to complete, so please start early as our programs fill up quickly. Start by visiting your local employment assessment centre to be assessed as Second Career eligible and to develop a Return to Work Action Plan. PLEASE VISIT www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/search.html
Step 2 - Explore the Programs
Explore George Brown College programs and check to see which ones are still open for application. When researching programs, the following MTCU guidelines should be considered:
- Prospective programs should be no more than two years in length and should lead to a specified career path
- One year of academic upgrading may be considered (if required)
Step 3 - Attend Information Session
If you have questions, you can attend a Second Career information session and have all your questions answered by a George Brown College Advisor. You can also visit the George Brown College’s Second Career for prospective students webpage where you will find additional program and college information that will assist you with your research.
Step 4 - Apply Online
Please select an available George Brown program and apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. Make sure to SELECT the box that indicates that you are applying as an AGENCY SPONSORED SECOND CAREER APPLICANT - this is the 1st drop down feature on the "Financial Support" section of the application under "My Profile".
There is a non-refundable $95.00 fee to apply.
If you have any questions about your online application, please contact OCAS directly at 1-888-892-2228.
Step 5 - Pay for Your Application
After completion of the OCAS application and payment of the $95.00 processing fee, your application will be received by the college within 48 hours.
Step 6 - Visit the Assessment Centre
If required, you will be mailed a letter that explains how to complete admission testing. You will be directed to complete admission testing at one of the George Brown College Assessment Centres.
Please make sure to identify that you are a Second Career applicant.
Visit either the Casa Loma Assessment Centre, Room C343, 160 Kendal Avenue, or St. James Campus, 200 King Street East, Room 275.
Testing fees are waived for Second Career applicants.
Step 7 - Receive Second Career Cost Estimate
Once an admissions decision has been made and you are admitted to your program, a Second Career Cost Estimate will be issued by Admissions. This letter can be mailed to you or picked up directly from the Student Service Centre.
Step 8 - Submit Documents to Your Case Manager
If you have received a George Brown College Second Career Cost Estimate Letter, you will need to attach it to your Second Career application package, along with your fee invoice and GBC letter of acceptance, and submit them to your Employment Ontario Case Manager. The complete package will then be sent by your Case Manager to the MTCU for funding review.
Step 9 - Bring the Copy of Your Contract to the Student Service Centre
Once you sign and receive a copy of your approved MTCU Second Career Contract, bring it to George Brown’s Student Service Centre located at the Casa Loma Campus in Room C317, 160 Kendal Avenue or the Lower Level at the St. James Campus, 200 King St. East, and present this information to one of the Information Specialists.
Make sure to identify yourself as a Second Career student.
The center is available from Monday –Thursday, 9am -7pm & Friday 9am-5pm.
No appointment is necessary.
In order to hold a seat in your chosen program, you must pay a nonrefundable $500 tuition deposit fee before your fee payment deadline. This deposit goes towards your tuition for the first semester of your academic year. You will receive an invoice from the College in the mail that will indicate when this deposit is due. Failure to pay the tuition deposit may result in the loss of your seat in your program.
If your Second Career contract has not been approved by the MTCU , but you have received a SC Cost Estimate letter, please look into other means of Financial Assistance: https://yconic.com, www.scholarshipscanada.com, https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/student-financial-aid.html or https://osap.gov.on.ca
Step 10 - Register for Your Class
Register for your classes and begin your studies as a George Brown College student - Good luck!