Better Jobs Ontario (formerly Second Career) provides laid-off, unemployed individuals with financial support and skills training to help them find employment in high-demand occupations in Ontario. The goal of this program, is to help individuals find suitable training opportunities and get started in a new field of work. Our role at VPI is to help job seekers understand and navigate the application process through information sessions and orientation workshops at our local branches. Find an upcoming session in our event calendars.

To find out if the Better Jobs Ontario program can help you get back to work, register for one of our upcoming Better Jobs Ontario events. For more information on the Better Jobs Ontario program, fill out an information request form or contact: 1-888-336-9500.

Program Benefits

  • Up to $28,000 towards tuition, books, living expenses, transportation and other living and training costs
  • Additional support may be available to accommodate dependent care, costs of living away from home and academic upgrading


Applicants must be both approved by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) for Better Jobs Ontario and accepted by an independent training program before funded training can commence.

Training programs

Applicants must research and select their own training programs. Suitable training programs are considered to be ones that help applicants enter into high-demand industries, such as:

  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Power generation

Eligibility and Suitability


In order to be eligible for the Better Jobs Ontario program, participants must:

  • Have been laid-off on or after January 1, 2005
  • Be unemployed
  • Be a resident of Ontario
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally authorized to work in Canada
  • Demonstrate local occupational demand for the skills training request

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.