Second Career

What Second Career Gives You

You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support if you qualify for Second Career.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • Transportation
  • Basic living allowance (maximum $410 per week)
  • Child care

How You Qualify for Second Career

As a start, you qualify for Second Career if:

  • You have been laid off and have not been working
  • You have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs

If you’re receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply.

When preparing your application, you also have to show:

  • How long you have been unemployed, or working your temporary job, and looking for work
  • Places you have applied and positions you have applied for (for example cover letters, cv and responses from potential employers)
  • Level of education obtained
  • Previous employment, how long you worked there, and skills that were required
  • What skills you want to obtain and where you can get trained in them

What You Pay into Second Career

When you apply to Second Career, you have to show the costs to be covered during training.

You may have to pay part of these costs yourself. The amount you’ll have to pay is based on several things, starting with your gross (before tax) household income.

How Long Training Programs Can Be

The Second Career program aims to help people rejoin the workforce quickly. That’s why the program is focusing on supporting training programs that take 52 weeks or less, including micro-credential programs.

How to Apply

The trained Case Managers at the YMCA are experienced at navigating this process.

For more information on Second Career, contact us directly.

Have Questions?

Please contact us:

Phone: 705-748-4070

Email: findwork@ceo.ymca.ca