What is Better Jobs Ontario?

The Better Jobs Ontario program (formerly Second Career) helps Ontarians train for in-demand jobs.

Better Jobs Ontario Funding

With the Better Jobs Ontario grant, you can upgrade your knowledge and skills to match what hiring employers are looking for.

You can receive financial support of up to $28,000 to pay for:

  • tuition
  • books
  • student fees, supplies, and electronic devices
  • transportation
  • basic living costs of up to $500 per week

You may also get additional funding for:

  • disability-related supports
  • childcare
  • accommodation near your training location (for living away from home)
  • language training or Literacy and Basic Skills

Better Jobs Ontario Eligibility

Who qualifies for Better Jobs Ontario? You are eligible if you are looking to train for high-demand occupations and either: 

  • have been laid-off and have not been working or are working but underemployed 
  • have not been laid-off but have been jobless for at least 6 months and are a member of a low-income household 

A fast-track stream is available for those who have been laid-off due to COVID-19. 

You can apply even if you are self-employed, new to Ontario, a gig worker, or receiving social assistance such as: 

  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) 
  • Employment Insurance (EI) 
  • Ontario Works (OW)

Better Jobs Ontario Courses (Program List)

Knowing your Better Jobs Ontario options can help you make better, well-informed decisions.

Funding for programs in high-demand fields will be prioritized and will therefore entail a faster approval. Choose from four priority streams with several programs that may qualify for expedited processing. Start your training immediately to move a step closer to your dream job.

Accounting & Payroll
Medical & Social Services
Office & Administrative Assistant
Technology & Design