Effective April 29, 2022, The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development expanded the program to better help people who may face challenges finding stable jobs such as gig workers, youth and people on social assistance. If you have been unemployed for six months or longer, and are part of a low-income household, you may benefit from these changes. To better reflect the expansion of the program, it has been renamed Better Jobs Ontario (formerly Second Career).
You can apply to Better Jobs Ontario if you:
- Have been laid-off and have not been working or are working a temporary job just to cover costs
- Have not been laid-off but have been unemployed for six months or longer and are part of a low-income household
You can still apply if you receive either:
- Employment Insurance (EI)
- Ontario Works (OW)
- Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
This program is only available to those that qualify.
Several factors are considered that are beyond the basic qualifying measures stated above when determining who will receive funding. Applicants are helped based on their:
- Active job search
- Length of unemployment
- Education background
- Work history
- Labour market prospects
- Training request
- Experience and occupational skills
To find out if you qualify, visit an Employment North office in Sundridge or Gravenhurst for an assessment interview with an Employment Counsellor.
For more information, visit: Better Jobs Ontario
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