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. Consider a Second Career program if further experience and certification will help you reach your personal and professional goals. 

What is involved?

Step 1:

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 you with information and conduct an assessment of eligibility. They will also help you gather the information needed to support your application to Second Career. You can attend any college that offers the program within the area of study in which you are interested.

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

Step 2:

Explore Loyalist College’s full-time programs. At Loyalist, most certificate and diploma programs that can be completed within 52 weeks or less are eligible for Second Career funding.

You may also be eligible for Distance Education diploma/certificate programs that can be completed in the Loyalist College eLab or in another learning facility such as Contact North, or from home for students who are unable to physically attend Loyalist College. Visit for detailed program information.   

Step 3:

Go to the Ontario Colleges website to apply to a full-time program online. Complete the application and pay the application fee. Once you have been accepted to your program, please get in touch with the Second Career contact for your campus for your detailed Second Career acceptance letter. This letter will describe the terms of your acceptance, the length of the program, start and end dates as well as scheduled breaks, tuition and compulsory fees, books and any other fees related to your program. When you have been approved for Second Career funding, you will sign your contract with a Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) representative. A copy of this signed contract or a fee of $150 (subject to change) will secure your seat in your program.

What Loyalist College offers: 

At Loyalist College, 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 College offers a number of Student Success services, including:

  • Academic Skills Centre and Peer Tutoring
  • Student Success Mentors
  • 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. 4237