To provide laid-off, unemployed individuals with skills training to help them find employment in occupations with demonstrated labour market prospects in Ontario.

Program Details


  • Have been laid off on or after January 1, 2005
  • Be unemployed
  • Be a resident of Ontario
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally authorized to work in Canada
  • Demonstrate occupational demand for the skills training request with evidence of good employment prospects locally or within Ontario.

As a start, you can qualify for second career when:

  • You have been laid off and have not been working.
  • You have been laid off and are working temporary job just to cover costs.
  • If you are receiving EI insurance or have in the past you can apply.

GREAT does not approve Second Career Applications – the completed applications are completed with the client and the Programs and Services Officer –

The application is then sent to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development located in Brantford

MAESD will let the client know if the application is approved.


When preparing your application, you also have to show:

  • How long you have been unemployed or working in your temporary job and looking for work.
  • Places you have applied and positions you have applied for.
  • What level of education you have reached.
  • Where you worked before, for how long and what skills you need for that work.
  • What skills you want to get and where you can get trained in them.
  • Information showing the skills and job you want to train for are in demand.


Can complete an application at GREAT, throughout the year.

Program Supports

Financial Assistance if APPROVED by MAESD if you qualify for Second Career

Can apply for up to $28,000, for costs.

Which can include:

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