If you are thinking about training for a new career, now may be the time to take advantage of the $28, 000.00 funding from Ontario’s Second Career program.

Qualified applicants will be able to access things like education, living expenses, childcare, disability-related expenses and accommodation, as a new career is being pursued.

Previously, under a version of the Second Career program which started in December of 2020, these grants were only available to those who had been laid off and were not working, or had been laid off and were working “a temporary job just to cover costs.”

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Now, the program is being expanded to include a broader population to help increase Ontario’s skilled labour force.

“As companies and jobs flock to Ontario, we want to ensure that our workers are trained to have the skills needed for these jobs of the future,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We are investing in our workers as we build an Ontario that leaves nobody behind.”

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The Second Career program provides financial support to laid-off and unemployed workers. By Spring 2022, the Second Career program will begin supporting unemployed individuals with little or no work experience, those who are self-employed and those in the gig economy. The program will also offer much better access for those whose employment barriers may have been made worse by the pandemic, including young people, newcomers, people on social assistance, and people with disabilities.

“As we work to recover from the effects of the pandemic, Ontario continues to face the greatest labour shortage in a generation,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “This is why our government is investing in programs that will connect more people across our province to meaningful careers and financial independence that empowers them to build better lives for themselves and their loved ones.”

The government is also proposing to extend the temporary, refundable Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit to 2022, which was originally introduced in the 2021 Ontario Budget to help workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic get back into the workforce. The extension would provide an estimated $275 million in additional support to about 240,000 people, or $1,150 on average, to help Ontario workers continue to upgrade their skills.

“If you’re prepared to put in the work, time and effort to learn skills to support your family, the government is prepared to put in the money and give you every opportunity to see it through,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “That’s why we are proposing to extend the Ontario Job Training Tax Credit to help Ontario workers get the training they need to get good jobs right here in Ontario.”

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