Second Career

Pursue a new passion, discover your Second Career 

Second Career is an Ontario government program that helps laid-off and unemployed individuals to train for new careers in emerging sectors of the economy. It covers up to $28,000 (or more, in some cases) for tuition and expenses such as books, travel, transportation, disability supports and basic living costs. This cost-sharing grant is provided on the basis of need, so applicants may be asked to contribute to their education.

What is involved?

Consider a Second Career program if further experience and certification will help you reach your personal and professional goals. The first step is to connect with an Employment Ontario community partner such as Loyalist Community Employment Services, Career Edge or META Employment Services. They will provide more information and conduct an assessment of eligibility. You can attend any college that offers the program within the area of study in which you are interested.

You can connect with a Loyalist College advisor before meeting with Employment Ontario or after being assessed. The College advisor will walk you through the process, including assessment and recognition of prior learning and experience, and provide a detailed plan of action.

Several factors are considered when determining who will receive funding:

  • Job search activity
  • Length of unemployment
  • Educational background
  • Work history
  • Experience and occupational skills
  • Labour market prospects
  • Training requests

Loyalist programs to consider for Second Career:

At Loyalist, most certificate and diploma programs that can be completed within two academic years are eligible for Second Career funding, including:

Automotive Service Technician
Broadcasting – Radio
Business Sales & Marketing
Chemical Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technician
Community & Justice Services
Construction Engineering Technician
Carpentry & Renovation Technician
Culinary Management
Culinary Skills
Developmental Services Worker
Early Childhood Education
Electrical Engineering Technician
Electrical Techniques
Environmental Technician
Esthetics & Spa Management
Fitness and Health Promotion
Graphic Design: Software Applications Certificate
Human Resources
Manufacturing Engineering Technician
Mechanical Techniques
Motive Power
Personal Support Worker
Police Foundations
Practical Nursing
Protection, Security & Investigation 
Public Relations – Event Management
Recreation and Leisure Services – Sports
Social Service Worker
Survey Engineering Technician
Welding Techniques
Welding Fabrication Technician

You may also be eligible for the following Continuing Education programs/Ontario Learn Certificates. Visit for detailed program information.   

Developmental Services Worker Ontario College Diploma
Early Childhood Education Ontario College Diploma
Facilitator of Adult Learning: Teacher of Adult Certificate
Food Service Worker Certificate
Graphics: Software Applications Certificate
Health Records Clerk Certificate
Home Inspection Certificate
Hospital Ward Clerk Certificate
Human Resources Management Certificate
Legal Assistant Certificate
Office Administration – Executive Ontario College Diploma
Office Administration – General Ontario College Certificate
Office Administration – Health Services Ontario College Diploma
Office Administration – Legal Ontario College Diploma
Office Assistant Certificate
Small Business Bookkeeping Certificate
Sterile Processing Certificate
Veterinary Office Assistant Certificate

What Loyalist offers: 

At Loyalist, Second Career students receive support from faculty and staff who truly care that you are getting the most out of your College experience – academically, socially and personally. Loyalist offers a number of Student Success services, including:

  • Mature Student Group
  • Academic Skills Centre and Peer Tutoring
  • Student Success Mentors
  • ACT! Academic Centre for Testing
  • Mind and Wellness Services
  • Indigenous Resource Centre
  • AccessAbility Centre

Contact us

Belleville campus
Sara Kelleher
613-969-1913, ext. 2330

Belleville eLab
Shannon Banfield
613-969-1913, ext. 2565

Bancroft campus
Lisa Woodcock
613-332-1743, ext. 237