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Better Jobs Ontario (formerly Second Career)

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development has expanded the Second Career program to better help people who may face challenges finding stable jobs such as gig workers, youth and people on social assistance. If you have been unemployed for six months or longer, and are part of a low-income household, you may benefit from these changes. To better reflect the expansion of the program, we renamed the program Better Jobs Ontario.

Better Jobs Ontario provides eligible applicants with:

  • skills training for in-demand jobs
  • financial support

You can apply for up to $28,000 for costs, including:

  • tuition
  • books
  • other instructional costs, including student fees, supplies and electronic devices
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance (up to $500 per week)
Eligibility:
You qualify for Better Jobs Ontario if you either:
  • have been laid-off and have not been working or are working a temporary job just to cover costs
  • have been unemployed for six months or longer and are part of a low-income household

You can still apply if you receive either:

  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Ontario Works (OW)
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Long-Term Care Home Assistant Program
Become a Long-term Care Home Assistant through Conestoga College’s free program!
Join a professional field that is expected to offer many career opportunities now and in the future. Training through the Long-term Home Care Assistant program prepares students for entry-level work in a long-term care (LTC) home.
This program offers:
  • Fully online, 5-week program with 20 hours of learning each week.
  • Communication strategies in LTC, housekeeping skills, dining room service techniques, infection prevention and control, and PPE.
  • Earn your Food Safety certificate.
  • Supports and access to employment opportunities provided in partnership with YMCA of Northeastern Ontario.

With FREE access to :

  • Computers with Internet access for career related activities
  • Faxing Services
  • Photocopying Services
  • Information Sessions
  • Community Resources
  • Apprenticeship Information

“ I just accepted an excellent offer from Tesman Inc. here in Sudbury. I had the interview yesterday afternoon and received the offer this morning! It is directly related to my field of engineering; they offered an excellent overall package with a significantly higher salary and vacation times, which I could not refuse. I would like to thank you for all of your help and guidance as it helped me a great deal in learning new skills related to job searching, interview preparation and resume editing.”
− Affan Haq, participant in the Employment Service

Ontario Employment Services Web Portal is a gateway to employment programs offered across the province in almost 900 locations (available in both English and French). Information is also available from the Ontario Employment Ontario hotline 1-800-387-5656.

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