Second Career is an Ontario government grant that provides financial support to help qualified laid-off workers train for careers in demand. It is a cost-sharing program. Based on financial need, you may have to pay part of the costs associated with your studies.
Second Career involves two procedures: the Funding Application and the College Program Application. It can take months to complete. Researching and planning ahead of time is recommended.
For the Second Career Funding Application, you’ll work with an Employment Ontario Service Provider, where employment counsellors are trained to help you decide if this program is right for you, and if it is, to assist in completing your application. For more information, visit the Employment Ontario website and find an Employment Ontario Service Provider in your area. You can also book an appointment online.
Advisers at Seneca can answer your questions related to the College Program Application and provide program research documents for your application package. Skills training is allowable for National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill levels B, C or equivalent. Programs up to 24 months are allowable under Second Career. Please note that your employment counsellor will work with you to research occupations in NOC B or C categories.
To make it convenient for you, Seneca has provided a cost breakdown estimate and sessional dates that can be downloaded. These documents were requested by previous Second Career applicants. If you are considering a program which is not listed, please consult with your employment counsellor to make sure the program is eligible for Second Career. After that, please get the approval in writing from your employment counsellor and contact Seneca Admissions for your required document.