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BETTER JOBS ONTARIO

BETTER JOBS ONTARIO

  For domestic students only

Second Career is an Ontario government initiative that offers skills-training and financial support for eligible laid-off workers, helping them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario.

 

It covers up to $28,000 for tuition and expenses such as books, travel, transportation, disability supports and basic living costs. 

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DO YOU QUALIFY ?

As a starting point, you qualify for Better Jobs Ontario if:

  • you have been laid-off on or after January 1, 2005

  • are unemployed

  • you are a resident of Ontario

  • you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or a convention refugee claimant who meets the requirements (talk to an Employment Advisor to confirm eligibility)

  • you can demonstrate that there is a demand in the labour market for the occupation you want training in and evidence that there are good employment prospects locally or within Ontario

RECEIVING EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ?

If you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past,  you can still apply!

 

When preparing your application, you are required to show:

 

  • how long you have been unemployed, or have been working your temporary job, and looking for work

  • places you have applied and positions you have applied for (for example cover letters, CV/resume and responses from potential employers)

  • level of education you have obtained

  • previous employment, how long you worked there, and skills that were required

  • what skills and knowledge you want to obtain and where this training is offered

LAID OFF DUE TO COVID ?

You may qualify for the Fast Track program if:

  • you were laid-off since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic (laid-off on or after March 1, 2020)

  • you have a high school education or less or laid-off from an occupation requiring high school education or less

  • you were laid-off from occupations hardest hit by COVID-19 such as hospitality and food services, transportation and warehousing or wholesale and retail trade

  • you are seeking training for occupations in demand in local communities or provincial priority areas, which are: Information and Communication Technology, Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

You may qualify for up to $28,000.00 for costs including:

  • Tuition

  • Books

  • Living expenses

  • Child care

  • Travel

  • Transportation

  • Disability supports

  • Basic living allowance (during skill training)

When you apply to Better Jobs Ontario, you have to show the costs to be covered during training. You may have to pay part of these costs yourself. The amount you’ll have to pay is based on several things, starting with your gross (before tax) household income.

WHAT YOU PAY

GETTING STARTED

STEP 1
FIND AND APPLY FOR A PROGRAM

Browse our Program page on our website for a program that meets your needs and career goals.

Once you find your program of choice, submit an application form with TEMC by clicking on the link below:

STEP 2
APPLYING FOR FUNDING

Once we receive your application, we will invite you to speak with our team of Employment Advisors who can help you determine if this program is right for you.

 

If it is, help you gather the information needed to support your application and assist you in completing your application.

For additional information on Better jobs Ontario visit the Employment Ontario website.

ELIGIBILITY TEST

(Ontario residents only)
 

Fill out the form below to determine your eligibility to participate in Better Jobs Ontario.