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Ontario Government Helps More Laid-Off Workers Launch New Careers

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Ontario Government Helps More Laid-Off Workers Launch New Careers

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario's Fall Economic Statement announced enhancements to the Second Career program to allow more Ontario workers who have been laid off to take advantage of long-term training opportunities and build new skills for the careers of the future.

Announced in the 2008 Ontario Budget, Second Career helps people who have been laid-off identify and train for careers that are in demand in their community.

Through Second Career, Ontario is investing $355 million to help 20,000 recently laid-off workers get long-term training that will launch them into new occupations. Under the original program criteria, unemployed workers who had been laid off within the last year were eligible for assistance.

Effective November 10, 2008, changes to Second Career will include:

  • Workers laid off as far back as January 1, 2005
  • Laid-off workers who have taken an interim job to make ends meet
  • Short term training options (less than six months) for laid-off workers who are not eligible for Employment Insurance
  • Potential additional financial assistance to cover expenses for the cost of academic upgrading, living away from home while participating in training, and dependent care.

Second Career is part of a $2 billion, three-year Skills to Jobs Action Plan announced in the 2008 Budget. The program can be accessed through the Employment Ontario network that provides a range of employment and training programs and services.

Ontario continues to make key strategic investments that support five core economic principles: investing in infrastructure; investing in innovation; partnering with business; reducing business costs; investing in skills and knowledge.



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