Second Career

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What is Second Career?

Second Career is an Ontario government program that helps those who have been laid-off get the skills training they need for high-demand jobs in their communities. Second Career helps Ontarians get the funding for the education or training required to get a better job.

It is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need, which provides funding help up to $28,000 to pay for:

  • tuition
  • living expenses
  • help caring for dependants
  • travel
  • transportation
  • disability supports
  • other living and training costs
  • books

Do I qualify?

You can apply to Second Career if you are:

  • laid off, or have been laid off since January 2005
  • unemployed or working an interim job (working less than 20 hours per week)
  • choosing to re-train for a career that is in demand

To find out if you qualify for Second Career or other government funding, please visit an Employment Ontario Assessment Centre for an assessment interview.

How does Second Career work?

Second Career starts with a visit to an Employment Ontario Assessment Centre. A case manager will talk to you about your goals, and the kind of help you need. If Second Career is the right choice for you, the case manager will help you prepare a training plan and apply for Second Career.

Who issues program funding?

Funding may be available through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities Second Career Strategy for those who qualify. Georgian College will guide you through the process of collecting information needed for your application; however, the Ministry grants the funding, not the colleges themselves.

Where do I start?

If you are interested in Second Career funding, the best place to start is at a Career and Employment Centre. They have information sessions about Second Career and can help you discuss your career options and how to get started with the process. The funding process involves assessing if you’re eligible and researching which program and institution best suits your needs.


Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services
48 Collier St., Barrie, ON L4M 1G8

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services
Orangeville Edelbrock Centre
30 Centre St., Orangeville, ON L9W 2X1
519.942.9986, ext. 5641

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services, Orillia Campus
825 Memorial Ave., Room A200
Orillia, ON L3V 6S2

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How do I apply?

Please see below for the steps required to apply for both Second Career funding as well as to a Georgian College program.

Make an appointment

Meet with a Case Manager at a Career and Employment Centre in your area to determine your suitability as well as your eligibility for the Second Career program.

Georgian College Centre for Career and Employment contact information

Choose a program

Once you have met with your case manager and have discussed career options choose a Georgian College program that may be eligible for Second Career funding.

Georgian College full-time programs

Second Career info sheets for your funding application

Review the requirements

Review the admission requirements for your desired program. You must meet these requirements to receive your Georgian College Letter of Acceptance and to attend any of Georgian’s full time programs.

Admission requirements can be found on the program outlines.

Need upgrading? Speak with your employment consultant to discuss funding for upgrading.

Apply for the program

Apply online through the Ontario Colleges Applications Services (OCAS) for your desired Georgian College program. Visit our Admissions/Apply page for more details on the application process.

Applications received by Feb. 1 will be considered equally for highly competitive programs. A list of these highly competitive programs is available on the OCAS Highly Competitive Program Chart (page 19).

Do your research

You may be asked by your case manager to research Georgian College and your desired program . You will find questions and answers as well as links that may be helpful you when doing your research for Second Career on the Research tab.

Confirm your offer

Once you have been accepted, you can confirm your offer through OCAS. You will then receive an email from Ontario Colleges. You can also expect to receive an invoice stating your payment deadlines.

Please make sure fees are paid by the payment deadlines to ensure a seat in the program.
Visit the main confirm your seat page for further details.

Apply for funding

You will be required to provide the following to the Career and Employment Centre to complete your funding application for Ministry approval:

  • letter of acceptance
  • research
  • program info sheet
  • invoice


Arrange to make your tuition fee payment by the due date that appears on your invoice.

Please note
: If your Ministry funding has not come through by the due date, you must make a minimum payment of $500 by the specified payment date outlined on your invoice to confirm your seat.

Once the deposit has been made by the due date, you will be able to register into your courses and you agree to pay the balance of your fees with the full balance being due upon receipt from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development or as outlined on your invoice.

Please retain your tuition receipts. If you require additional proof of tuition payments, please visit the Registrar’s Office with your identification. Ask for a Confirmation of Registration, this will show fees paid for that semester, as well as the full-time courses currently registered for that semester.

For further information on fee payments and dates, please see your invoice and the Tuition and Fees page.

Sign your contract

Once approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities , you will be asked to sign a contract by your Career and Employment Centre case manager.

What programs are available?

The programs listed below may be eligible under Second Career. Your case manager at your Career and Employment Centre will help you determine an appropriate program.

Please also see our listing of full-time programs for additional information.

Once you and your case manager have decided on a program, you can apply to the college through Ontario Colleges (OCAS).

Fall 2020

Summer 2020

Winter 2020

Georgian College FAQ

Contact information

For contact information including mailing addresses and phone numbers for each campus location, please visit our Campus location page.

Is Georgian College registered as a private career college in Ontario?

No, Georgian is a publicly funded college – College of Applied Arts and Technology

Can Georgian College issue T2202A tuition tax receipts?

Yes, for tax information please visit the Income tax page.

Does Georgian have a solid reputation in the community?

There are many ways Georgian connects with communities, as well as with our alumni. Our students are out in the community on co-op, apprenticeship and internship placements. Through our service learning curriculum, they take part in a broad range of community events. Applied research projects allow them to work with local businesses to solve real-world problems.

Members of the community, as well as our alumni, become industry partners and employers. They have access to our Health and Wellness clinics and conference and event facilities, advise on program development, participate in college governance, become donors and more.

We value these relationships, and are continually striving to find new ways to strengthen our existing connections, and make new ones.

What if I lack the courses necessary to pursue a college program?

If you do not have your Grade 12 diploma, meet the admission requirements of a college program, feel you are ready to work at the postsecondary level or are concerned about your academic skills, you may benefit from Georgian’s academic upgrading and college preparation programs. Visit Academic and Career Prep for information.

Who do I contact about admission requirements?

For admissions requirements, please contact the Office of the Registrar and speak with the Admissions Officer for your desired program.

Office of the Registrar
705.722.1511, menu option 5

Second Career FAQ

Am I eligible for OSAP as well as Second Career funding?

Once your funding contract has been signed, contact the Financial Aid department to determine eligibility for OSAP.

If I apply now, how long will it take for my application to be processed?

The length of the application process can be different for everyone and depends on how long it takes an applicant to complete and submit their Second Career application.

If my application for Second Career has been denied, can I appeal the decision?

Yes, you can request a review. You must send a letter requesting a review to the MTCU. You must submit your request in writing within 30 days of the date on the denial letter you received and clearly outline any additional information you now have to present.

Who do I contact about my Second Career application?

If you have questions regarding your Second Career application, please contact your case manager through an Employment Assessment Centre and/or the Second Career direct line, 705.728.1968, ext. 1575,

Program FAQ

Where do I find information on my program?

Please see the Second Career Info Sheets for information on a specific program.

How may students per class?

This depends on the type of class and program. Normally, 30-45 per class.

If I will be using equipment/tools, am I required to share them with other students?

This depends on the class you are taking. If it is a program where you are required to purchase your own equipment, you would be given this information on the information sheet available on the Second Career webpage.

What number of hours per week will I be in school?

Most programs are 18 hours per week. See the Second Career Info sheet for more information.

What is the type of instruction used, completely instructor-led, self-directed learning, computer-based training, tapes/books or a combination?

Most courses are offered in a classroom, however, depending on the course, it may also be offered online.

What is the weekly schedule of classes?

You will be able to choose your timetable in mid to late August.

How often does the program start?

Most programs only have a September start date, but some have a September as well as a January and/or May start date. Please see the program outline for specific dates.

Is the program curriculum fixed, or is it possible to develop an individual plan?

This depends on the program. Please see the program outline for further details.

Is group work a requirement, or is individual work required?

Normally both are required but this will depend on the course.

What grade/mark is required to graduate from the program?

A minimum of 60% overall average is required for most programs. Please see the program outline for the specific requirement.

Upon completion of the program what type of accreditation will I receive?

Most Second Career programs only allow a maximum of 2 years. Therefore, depending on the program you would receive a 2 year diploma.

Are there scheduled breaks in the course?

See the Second Career Info sheets for specific dates.

What is the length of the program in weeks?

See the Second Career Info sheets for specific dates.

Who do I contact about program information?

For more detailed information you are welcome to contact the program area or the co-ordinator of the program you are interested in researching

Program co-ordinator contact information can be found on the program outline for your program.

Who do I contact?

If you have questions regarding your Second Career application, please contact your case manager through an Employment Assessment Centre.

For further information please see the contacts below.

General inquiries:

Georgian College, Second Career
705.728.1968, ext. 1575

Program admission requirements:

Office of the Registrar
705.722.1511, menu option 5