BETTER JOBS ONTARIO (formerly Second Career)

The objective of the Better Jobs Ontario program is to support unemployed individual in need of skills training to help find employment in an in-demand occupations with demonstrated labour market prospects in Ontario. You may  be qualify to receive up to $28, 000 or more in some cases.

What can Better Jobs Ontario do for you?

If you are eligible and suitable, the Better Jobs Ontario program can pay for expenses such as:

  • skills training for in-demand jobs
  • financial support

You can apply for up to $28,000 for costs, including:

  • tuition
  • books
  • other instructional costs, including student fees, supplies and
  • electronic devices
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance (up to $500 per week)

Additional funding may be available for:

  • childcare
  • disability-related supports
  • living away from home
  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and/or language training

Better Jobs Ontario Initial Eligibility

  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Conventional Refugee or CUAET Visa
  • Have been laid-off and be unemployed, OR
  • be from a low-income household AND experiencing challenges attaching to the labour market.

Meeting the initial eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you qualify for Better Jobs Ontario. Please visit the Government of Ontario web page for more information:


Better Jobs Ontario aims to help you rejoin the workforce quickly. That’s why the program focuses on training programs that take 52 weeks (1 year) or less to complete, including micro-credential programs.


If you are deemed eligible and suitable for the program once you have complete the BJO assessment, the Employment Specialist will require from you these documents list below to complete your application to be submitted to the ministry for processing:

  • how long you have been unemployed, or working your temporary job, and looking for work
  • places you have applied and positions you have applied for (for example, cover letters, CVs or resumes, and responses from potential employers)
  • level of education obtained
  • previous employment, how long you worked there, and skills that were required
  • what skills you want to obtain and where you can get trained in them
    The amount of support you will receive is based on individual needs and available funding.

When you apply to Better Jobs Ontario, you must provide information to support a financial needs assessment, such as:

  • some of the costs to be covered during training
  • your gross (before tax) household income

Register Online to book an appointment with our Employment Specialist and complete the assessment. The assessment determines your eligibility and suitability for the Better Jobs Ontario program. You can also contact us at 416 488 0084 or email

Our Employment Specialists will help you every step of the way.

This Employment Ontario Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario