What is Better Jobs Ontario?

Better Jobs Ontario (formerly Second Career Strategy) is an Ontario government program designed to help people who have been laid off since January 1, 2005 and are currently unemployed or underemployed and working less than 20 hours a week. You do not need to be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) to be eligible. The program will help unemployed workers who commit to a long-term training plan make the transition to new careers in growing areas of the economy. You may qualify for financial support of up to $28,000.

Better Jobs Ontario can help an applicant with the costs of tuition, books, living expenses and other costs associated with the training for up to $28,000. In some cases, the program can provide additional funding for disability accommodation, dependent care, relocation expenses, and academic upgrading.


Apply to Better Jobs Ontario 


To be eligible, individuals must:

  • have been laid off due to work shortages on or after January 1, 2005; and
  •  be unemployed or working under 20 hours a week; and
  • be a resident of Ontario; and
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally authorized to work in Canada; and
  • demonstrate occupational demand for the training request with evidence of good employment prospects locally or within Ontario.


Speak with a consultant to see if you qualify

Available Programs 

Only programs that are less than 52-week in length qualify for funding.


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Additional Services

Academic Upgrading

You've met with your Employment consultant and selected your desired program at Fanshawe. But you need to upgrade some courses before you can be admitted into the program.

Employment Services

You may or may not have met with your Employment consultant and are not sure about which career path you should choose. Community Employment Services Fanshawe can help you get on the right track with their career exploration and planning services.  And, when you become a student at Fanshawe, you can access our on-campus Career Services department.


Get in Touch with a Career Consultant 

Community Employment Services Fanshawe 

Nelson Plaza, 155 Clarke Road
London, ON 
(519) 432-1220

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