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Second careers for Ontario workers

McGuinty Government Helps Workers Retrain For New Jobs

Office of the Premier

Ontarians now have a new way to train for a second career.

The new Second Career program helps workers who have been laid off and unemployed within the last year to find new careers. Workers can learn to transfer their skills to other in-demand fields, such as mining and health care.

Second Career also assists workers with tuition, books, living expenses and other costs toward retraining. Training can take anywhere from six months to two years. An additional year will be available when academic upgrading is needed.

Ontario's manufacturing sector has been hit hard by rising oil prices, a strong dollar and a slowdown in the U.S. economy, and some workers are losing their jobs. The McGuinty government is committed to helping displaced workers and affected communities get back on their feet. Second Career gives workers across Ontario the tools they need to succeed.

Second Career starts now. Those who want to apply can visit their nearest Employment Ontario assessment centre, or call the Hotline at 1-800-387-5656.

Quick Facts

  • Over 467,000 jobs have been created in Ontario since October 2003. Nearly 80 per cent are full-time positions.
  • More than 52,000 Ontarians became self-employed in 2007, up 5.6 per cent from the previous year.

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“Ontario workers are among the most skilled and best educated in the world. Second Career helps our people retrain and find a new job.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Ontario needs everyone’s skills to compete in today’s global economy. So we’re providing recently laid-off workers with the opportunity to train for highly skilled jobs in other sectors that need worker.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities



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