What is Better Jobs Ontario?

The Better Jobs Ontario program (formerly Second Career) helps Ontarians train for in-demand jobs.

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    Better Jobs Ontario Funding

    With the Better Jobs Ontario grant, you can upgrade your knowledge and skills to match what hiring employers are looking for.

    You can receive financial support of up to $28,000 to pay for:

    • tuition
    • books
    • student fees, supplies, and electronic devices
    • transportation
    • basic living costs of up to $500 per week

    You may also get additional funding for:

    • disability-related supports
    • childcare
    • accommodation near your training location (for living away from home)
    • language training or Literacy and Basic Skills

    Better Jobs Ontario Guidelines

    Better Jobs Ontario courses include eligible college and some university courses, vocational training programs, and micro-credential programs that run for a maximum of 52 weeks.

    Better Jobs Ontario Eligibility

    Who qualifies for Better Jobs Ontario? You are eligible if you are looking to train for high-demand occupations and either:

    ● have been laid-off and have not been working or are working but underemployed
    ● have not been laid-off but have been jobless for at least six months and are a member of a low-income household

    A fast-track stream is available for those who have been laid-off due to COVID-19.

    You can apply even if you are self-employed, new to Ontario, a gig worker, or receiving social assistance such as:

    ● Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
    ● Employment Insurance (EI)
    ● Ontario Works (OW)

    How to Apply for Better Jobs Ontario

    Fill out the Better Jobs Ontario application form on the upper-right side of this page to apply for Better Jobs Ontario online now. When we receive your contact details, an Education Consultant will reach out to you to:

    ● thoroughly explain to you the Better Jobs Ontario criteria
    ● help you figure out which programs fit you well based on your employment history and future career goals
    ● refer you to Employment Ontario for a Better Jobs Ontario information session if you prefer to do so

    When you apply, do not forget to include the following:

    ● the duration of your unemployment or underemployment
    ● the duration of your job-hunting process
    ● the highest level of education you've achieved
    ● the job titles and companies you have applied to
    ● the skills and knowledge you want to retrain for
    ● the school you choose to attend
    ● your work history including the employment period and the skills required for that/those job/s

    You must submit supporting documents as well for your needs assessment such as:

    ● the fees associated with your schooling
    ● your gross household income

    Better Jobs Ontario Program List

    Knowing your Better Jobs Ontario options can help you make better, well-informed decisions.

    Funding for programs in high-demand fields will be prioritized and will therefore entail a faster approval. Choose from four priority streams with several programs that may qualify for expedited processing. Start your training immediately to move a step closer to your dream job.


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    Advanced Manufacturing

    Information & Communications Technology

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