Quick facts

Service type: Employment, Newcomers
Eligibility: Unemployed Ontario residents who a) active EI or EI Reachback claimants or b) not eligible to receive EI. (Scroll down for more details.)
Delivery: Virtually and in-person
Fee: Free
Program dates: Year-round

Program description

The Better Jobs Ontario program (previously known as “Second Career”) provides skills training opportunities for unemployed individuals that haven’t been laid off and have a limited previous work history. The program also focuses on helping individuals who may face barriers to entering the labour market to develop their “first career” such as newcomers, people with disabilities, youth, gig workers, and social assistance recipients.




You qualify for Better Jobs Ontario if you either:

  • have been laid-off and have not been working or are working a temporary job just to cover costs
  • have not been laid-off but have been unemployed for six months or longer and are part of a low-income household


You can still apply if you receive either:

  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Ontario Works (OW)
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

How you can help

Donations are graciously accepted through the WoodGreen Foundation.

Ready to participate?

To learn more, please contact:

Contact information



815 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4J 1L2

2930 Lake Shore Blvd. W
Toronto, ON
M8V 1J4

201-219 Dufferin St. Suite 1C
Toronto, ON
M6K 3J1

1533 Victoria Park Ave.
Toronto, ON
M1L 2T3


Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact us for details.

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