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:
- living expenses
- help caring for dependants
- disability supports
- other living and training costs
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 Advanced Education and Skills Development 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.
OrangevilleGeorgian 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.
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
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
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
- program info sheet
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).
- Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills MTPS (Barrie)
- Mobile Application Development – MDEV (Barrie)
- Personal Support Worker – PSWR (Owen Sound)
- Power Engineering Technology – PETY (Owen Sound)
- Automotive Business – AUBU (Barrie)
- Business (Co-op) – BUSG (Barrie)
- Business – BUSN (Barrie)
- Business – Accounting – BACN (Barrie)
- Business – Accounting (Co-op) – BACT (Barrie)
- Business Marketing – BMKN (Barrie)
- Child and Youth Care – CYCA (Orillia)
- Computer Programmer – COPR (Barrie)
- Culinary Management (Co-op) – CULN (Barrie)
- Dental Assisting (Level I and II) – DNAS (Barrie)
- Early Childhood Education – ECED (Orillia)
- Electrical Engineering Technician (Co-op) – EETN (Barrie)
- Esthetician – ESTH (Barrie)
- Fitness and Health Promotion – FHPR (Barrie)
- General Arts and Science – GAAS (Barrie)
- Hairstyling – HAIR (Barrie)
- Hospitality – Hotel and Resort Operations Management – HHRO (Barrie)
- Human Resources Management – HRMN (Barrie)
- Law Clerk – LCLR (Barrie)
- Marine Engineering Management – MEMG (Owen Sound)
- Massage Therapy Fast Track – MASF (Barrie)
- Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant – OPTA (Barrie)
- Office Administration – Executive – OFAE (Barrie)
- Office Administration – General – OFAG (Barrie)
- Office Administration – Health Services – OFAH (Barrie)
- Opticianry – OPTI (Barrie)
- Paralegal – PARL (Barrie)
- Personal Support Worker – PSWR (Barrie)
- Personal Support Worker – PSWR (Orangeville and South Georgian Bay)
- Pharmacy Technician – PHRM (Barrie)
- Police Foundations – PFPR (Orillia)
- Power Engineering Technology (Co-op) – PETY (Owen Sound)
- Practical Nursing – PNRS (Barrie)
- Practical Nursing – PNRS (Orangeville)
- Practical Nursing – PNRS (Owen Sound)
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees – PHPA (Barrie)
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees – PHPA (Owen Sound)
- Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training – FIRE (Barrie)
- Recreation and Leisure Services (Co-op) – RELS (Barrie)
- Research Analyst – RAPP (Barrie)
- Social Service Worker – SSWK (Orillia)
- Tourism – Marketing and Product Development (Co-op) – TMPD (Barrie)
- Addictions Treatment & Prevention ADTP (Orillia)
- Architectural Technician Co-op ARTC (Barrie)
- Automotive Business Co-op AUBU (Barrie)_
- Business – Accounting BACN (Barrie)
- Business – Accounting Co-op BACT (Barrie)
- Big Data Analytics BDAT (Barrie)
- Bookkeeping BOKP (OV SG)
- Community & Justice Services CJSR (Orillia)
- Carpentry and Renovation Techniques CRNT (Barrie)
- Computer Systems Technician – Networking CSTN (Barrie)
- Civil Engineering Technology Co-op (CVTY) Barrie
- Child and Youth Care CYAC (Accel) OR
- Child and Youth Care CYCA (Orillia) Program Jan 2018
- Dental Assisting DNAS (Barrie)
- Early Childhood Education ECED (Orillia)
- Early Childhood Education ECED (Owen Sound)
- Electrical Engineering Technician EETN (Barrie)
- Electrical Techniques ELTQ (Midland)
- Electrical Techniques ELTQ (Owen Sound)
- Pre-service Firefighter FIRE (Barrie)
- General Arts and Science GAAS (Barrie)
- Golf Management GLFO (Barrie)
- Jewellery and Metals JMET (Barrie)
- Law Clerk LCLR (Barrie)
- Law Clerk LCLR (Owen Sound)
- Massage Therapy Fast Track MASF (Barrie)
- Mechanical Engineering Technology METY (Barrie)
- Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Maintenance MTIN (Midland)
- Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Maintenance MTIN (Owen Sound)
- Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills MTPS (Barrie)
- Mechanical Techniques – Marine Engine Mechanic MTME (Midland)
- Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic MTSE (Midland)
- Office Administration Executive OFAE (Barrie)
- Office Administration Executive OFAE (Owen Sound)
- Office Administration General OFAG (Barrie)
- Office Administration General OFAG (Owen Sound)
- Office Administration General OFAG (OV SGB)
- Office Administration General OFAH (Barrie)
- Office Administration Health Services OFAH (Owen Sound)
- Office Administration Health Services OFAH (OV SGB)
- Office Administration Executive co-op OFEC (Barrie)
- Office Administration Executive Co-op OFEC (Owen Sound)
- Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant OPTA (Barrie
- Paralegal PARL (Barrie)
- Paramedic PARA (Barrie)
- Power Engineering Technology PETY (Owen Sound)
- Police Foundations PFPR (Orillia)
- Police Foundations PFPR (Owen Sound)
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway PHPA (OV MU SG)
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway PHPA (Owen Sound)
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway PHPA (Barrie)
- Pharmacy Technician PHRM (Barrie)
- Plumbing Techniques PLTD (Midland)
- Practical Nursing PNRS (Barrie)
- Practical Nursing PNRS (Owen Sound)
- Protection Security Investigation PSIN (Orillia)
- Personal Support Worker PSWR (Barrie)
- Personal Support Worker PSWR (MI MU OV SG)
- Personal Support Worker PSWR (Owen Sound)
- Research Analyst RAPP (Barrie)
- Recreation and Leisure Services RELS (Barrie)
- Social Service Worker SSWK (Orillia)
- Social Service Worker SSWK (SG)
- Tourism – Marketing and Product Development TMPD (Barrie)
- Therapeutic Recreation TREC (Orillia)
- Veterinary Technician VETN (Orillia)
- Welding Techniques WETC (Midland)
- Welding Techniques WETC (Owen Sound)
Georgian College FAQ
No, Georgian is a publicly funded college – College of Applied Arts and Technology
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.
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.
Second Career FAQ
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.
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.
This depends on the type of class and program. Normally, 30-45 per class.
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 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.
You will be able to choose your timetable in mid to late August.
Normally both are required but this will depend on the course.
Most Second Career programs only allow a maximum of 2 years. Therefore, depending on the program you would receive a 2 year diploma.
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.
Please see the steps below if you are a returning Georgian College Second Career student.
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.