Second Career

New Second Career Eligibility Enhancements


Ontario is expanding access to Second Career so more laid-off workers can get skills training for high-demand jobs in their communities.


Second Career was launched in June 2008 to help laid-off Ontarians identify and train for new careers in growing sectors. These new enhancements allow more laid-off workers to participate and take advantage of the training opportunities available, and build new skills for the careers of the future.


As of November 10, 2008, the guidelines for Second Career will be expanded to 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.


Canadore College is currently examining program opportunities so if a program of interest is not listed please contact or contact Sally Birmingham at 705-474-7600, ext. 5543.

Part-Time Studies

Continuous Intake – Online/Correspondence

  • Accounting Foundations College Certificate
  • Human Resource College Certificate
  • Ontario College Business Diploma

Second Career is a new Ontario government program to help people who have been laid off within the last 12 months and are currently unemployed or working less than 20 hours a week. The program will help unemployed workers who commit to a long-term training plan make the transition to new careers in growing areas of the economy.


Second Career can help an applicant with the costs of tuition, books, living expenses and other costs associated with the training to build skills for a new career.


Other Employment Ontario programs like Ontario Skills Development also provide support for training.


Additional information about studying for your new career at one of Ontario’s colleges may be found at the official ontariocolleges.ca Second Career website.

or contact
Sally Birmingham
705-474-7600, ext. 5543
sally.birmingham@canadorecollege.ca


January Intake

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Office Administration 42 weeks* College Drive Campus Ontario College Diploma
Recreation and Leisure Services 2 years College Drive, Online Ontario College Diploma
Recreation Therapy 2 years College Drive, Online Ontario College Diploma
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