Our province is facing the greatest labour shortage in a generation. Across Ontario there are over 300,000 jobs waiting to be filled.
This is why we are investing in programs that will connect more people to meaningful in-demand careers close to home.
Through the Second Career program, workers can receive tuition for training programs of 52 weeks duration or less, including eligible college and some university courses, micro-credential programs, and other vocational training programs
Each work can get up to $28,000 to pay for their education and living expenses as they pursue training to start a new career. Additional support may be available for applicants requiring disability-related supports, childcare, or accommodation near their training.
Our government is also investing an additional $5 million to expand the program in 2021-22. This expansion will support unemployed individuals with little or no work experience, those who are self-employed and those in the gig economy.
We are also proposing to extend the temporary, refundable Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit to 2022, to help workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic get back into the workforce.
The Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit provides up to $2,000 in relief for 50 per cent of a person’s eligible training expenses, such as tuition at an eligible Canadian institution and occupational exam fees.
The credit is also refundable, which means people can benefit whether they owe any Ontario Personal Income Tax.
These changes build on our government’s work to invest in skills training opportunities and attract investments that will create good, well-paying jobs in every region of the province.