Better Jobs Ontario helps unemployed or underemployed people rejoin the workforce in less than 52 weeks. Eligible applicants receive skills training for in-demand jobs and financial support.
Better Jobs Ontario, formerly known as Second Career, is an Ontario government program that provides up to $28,000 for tuition, books and other instructional costs, transportation, childcare, disability-related supports, literacy and basic skills training, and a basic living allowance (up to $500 per week). The program is a cost-sharing grant based on need applicants may be asked to contribute to their training or education.
With fewer eligibility requirements than the former Second Career program, Better Jobs Ontario is helping more people train for new careers and find sustainable employment. A fast-track process is available for applicants laid off due to COVID-19.
You qualify for Better Jobs Ontario if you either:
You can still apply if you receive either:
For OCAS application assistance
Funding Applications and Information
Find a list of employment service providers who will help you access Better Jobs funding.
Student Support and Letter of Admission
The following career-focused academic programs are eligible for Better Jobs funding:
Fleming College has been providing high quality, career-focused educational programming for more than 50 years. Our certificates, diplomas and graduate certificates are widely recognized and valued by employers, and we constantly deliver new programs that reflect demands of the regional and provincial job market.
Feeling unsure about returning to school? Our support services will help you succeed. From tutoring to counselling right through to job placement, we’ll make sure you have the tools to thrive in and out of the classroom.
We offer small class sizes, and our dedicated faculty have industry experience and expertise. Our unique learning environments and state-of-the-art labs and equipment will further prepare you for the career of your choice. Most of our programs include hands-on, experiential learning components, giving you the real-world skills and confidence to succeed in the workplace.
Work with your local Employment Service Provider to apply for Better Jobs. Service Provider staff will answer your questions, determine your eligibility, guide you through the application process, and help you choose a career that’s right for you! Find an Employment Service Providers in Ontario or view a list of Muskoka-Kawarthas service providers below or in our Fleming Employment Hub.
Employment Planning and Counselling Peterborough
YMCA Central East Ontario
Fleming CREW Employment Services
Durham College Employment Services
Watton Employment Services
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.