Second Career

Second Career is a government-funded retraining program that helps laid off, unemployed or underemployed individuals get employment in skilled occupations that are in demand in Ontario.
At FOCUS, both of our Centres host monthly Second Career Information Sessions, which gives an overview of what is involved in going through Second Career process. Visit our Workshop & Events page for more details or contact a FOCUS office closest to you to register: Alliston (705) 435-9821 or Angus (705) 424-6335.


  • Have been laid off on or after January 1, 2005
  • Are unemployed or working in a ‘survival’ job
  • Are interested in going back to school for an occupation that is in demand in Ontario

Other Factors

  • Length of time actively job searching
  • Length of time unemployed
  • Highest level of education
  • Type of training you are interested in
  • Type of work you are trained for
  • Past work experience
  • Current financial situation

Allowable Training

Second Career funds training that will support individuals looking for work in high demand occupations in Ontario. The training:

  • can be up to two years in length
  • can be occupation-specific
  • can be academic upgrading or language training if part of a specific skills training program
  • must be college-level training
  • can be full-time or part-time (additional criteria apply if part-time)

Some restrictions apply.


Second Career funding may cover the costs of tuition, books, living expenses and other costs associated with the training up to a maximum of $28,000.

For more information, you may contact Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development at the following website: