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A Second Chance for Ontario’s Unemployed

Second Career provides up to $28,000 (and in some cases, more) to unemployed Ontarians to assist in returning individuals to the workforce through retraining.

In these unstable times, when job security is a luxury for most, Ontario workers could really use a break.  Perhaps hardest hit by the economic woes are those Canadians in the manufacturing sector who have slowly watched their jobs dwindle over time.  For these Ontarians, the government has developed a new strategy to provide a much-needed helping hand: Second Career.

Launched in June 2008, Second Career is part of a $1.5 billion initiative aimed at helping Ontario’s out-of-work individuals find new jobs. 

Second Career
provides up to $28,000 (and in some cases, more) to unemployed Ontarians to assist in returning individuals to the workforce through retraining.  The funding for tuition, books, transportation and other related expenses is a huge helping hand for the recently unemployed.

Since the high cost of pursuing college or university training can be a major deterrent for many, especially older Canadians, this gift from the government can be just the ticket for attaining a second chance. 

Recently graduated Catherine Forget says “if not for the financial assistance given to me through this program I would not have been able to do this.” Catherine just earned her Chef diploma through Second Career after being laid off from her autoworker job of 10 years.  

The Second Career program has helped in turning Catherine’s unfortunate job loss around into a positive and exciting new chapter:  “The funding came to me without a hitch so that relieved a lot of pressure […] I graduated on Friday, April 3rd 2009 and now I can't wait to get out there!”

For more information on the Second Career program or to see if you qualify, visit their website.




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