Second Career

Choosing a new career path is a major life decision. Some people know exactly what they want to do while others are overwhelmed by choices. Conestoga Career Centre advisors can help you make an educated choice that will suit your life and financial expectations.

What is Second Career?

Second Career funding is available through the Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development (MLTSD). It can help laid-off workers who will benefit from skills training to find work in the current labour market. Funding can help an applicant with the costs of tuition, books, living expenses and other costs associated with the training to build skills for a new career.

Employment Ontario

This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

Who is eligible for funding?*

You may be eligible to apply to Second Career if:

  • you have been laid off and have not been working
  • you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs

While the Second Career program is open to all laid-off workers, the Ontario government made some targeted changes to Second Career by introducing two new streams that make it easier and faster for laid-off workers to access the program:

  • laid off in one of the sectors most impacted by COVID-19 on or after March 1, 2020
  • laid off from a job in the manufacturing sector on or after January 1, 2019

* Speak with a Conestoga Career Centre advisor to be certain Second Career is an option for you based on your situation; some conditions and exceptions apply.

Which programs are eligible?

In addition to you being eligible for Second Career, the program(s) of study must also be eligible. Training must be:

  • provided by a recognized training provider,
  • lead to a NOC B or C skill set, and
  • take less than 52 weeks or less, including micro-credential programs.

Conestoga has many eligible programs. Contact a Conestoga Career Centre advisor to discuss eligibility and admission requirements of programs you are considering at Conestoga or another training provider.

Academic Upgrading may also be beneficial and eligible for Second Career funding. Discuss these options with a Conestoga Career Centre advisor if you do not:

  • meet the post-secondary admission requirements
  • have your Grade 12
  • or are concerned about your academic skills.

How to apply

To learn if you are eligible for Second Career funding, you must be assessed and work through an Employment Ontario Employment Services (EOES) provider. Conestoga Career Centre advisors can help you assess your needs, work through the guidelines, and research your options. We will help you complete all the requirements needed to finish your application and submit it to MLTSD.

Contact information

For more information, contact the Conestoga Career Centre: