Get set for a second career!

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By Donella Gilhooly

Contracted Services Specialist, TorontoDistrictSchool Board

Are you are newcomer to Canada? Have you been recently laid off? And are you finding it difficult to find a job in your current occupation? If the answer is yes to all of these, then Second Career Strategy (SCS) can help you.

The 2008 Ontario Budget announced an investment to “The Skills to Job Action Plan” which included $355 million over three years for the Second Career Strategy. Second Career Strategy is a program that is designed to provide long-term skills training opportunities for up to 20,000 laid-off unemployed workers over the next three years. This includes financial assistance throughout the course of their training period.

SCS will provide support to recently laid-off unemployed workers who require long-term skills training for employment in high-skill, high demand occupations in the local labour market.

If you are a recently laid off unemployed worker you may be able to access funding through SCS to help you meet your new career goals and training either through private or community college courses for up to two years. This program covers the cost of tuition, books and also provides a living allowance for those who need it. There is a $28,000 cap on any individual application. Please note that the Ministry has the right to approve or deny your application.

If you are interested in finding out more about this program, please contact any of our Assessment Centres (see sidebar). If you do not qualify for SCS the Assessment Centres will provide you with alternative options to help you getting back to work.


In Toronto:
Danforth Assessment Centre (Pape/Danforth)
(416) 396-2313

Toronto North Assessment Centre (Victoria Park/Sheppard)
(416) 395-5101

In Mississauga:
Mississauga Community Connections at any of the following three locations:

33 City Centre (City Centre/Robert Speck)
(905) 896-2233

6790 Century Avenue (Erin Mills/401)
(905) 814-8406

6870 Goreway Drive (Derry/427)
(905) 678-8515

For more information on Second Career Strategy please visit:
Or call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656.

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

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