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Second Career Exceeds Expectations

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Second Career Exceeds Expectations

Successful Program Retrains Ontarians For In-Demand Jobs

Office of the Premier

Ontario's Second Career program is helping almost 21,000 people retrain for new careers in high-demand fields.

Second Career helps laid-off workers transfer their skills to in-demand fields such as nursing, information technology, engineering technology, policing and community and social services. The program provides support for things like tuition, books and living expenses that allow workers to participate in long-term training. 

Second Career was established in June 2008 -- before the worst of the global recession. The program's three-year goal of helping 20,000 laid off workers has been surpassed after just 16 months.

The government is investing an additional $78 million to help keep up with demand. 

Quick Facts

  • The average Second Career participant is about 40 years old, with an equal proportion of men and women participating in the program.
  • About one quarter of Second Career participants have come from Ontario's manufacturing sector.

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“When it comes to the economy, the most important thing is when a mom or dad can come home and say, 'I got the job.' We want Ontarians to get those jobs. That's why we need to come up with a fiscally responsible way to keep this successful program going. There are already almost 21,000 Ontarians who believe in Second Career, and we believe in them.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Second Career is helping Ontarians make the courageous decision to go back to school. People can get the skills they need for jobs in the new economy because Second Career assists them with tuition, transportation and living costs.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities



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