Better Jobs Ontario

Looking for a new career?
Program Overview

If you qualify, you can apply for up to $28,000 for costs, including:

  • Tuition

  • Books

  • Other instructional costs, including student fees, supplies and electronic devices

  • Transportation

  • Basic living allowance (up to $500 per week)

Additional funding may be available for:

  • Childcare

  • Disability-related supports

  • Living away from home

  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and/or language training

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Who Qualifies?

You qualify for Better Jobs Ontario if you either:

  • have been laid-off and have not been working or are working a temporary job 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)

Laid-off due to COVID-19

While the Better Jobs Ontario program is open to unemployed jobseekers, a fast-track stream is available if you were laid-off because of COVID-19 and want to retrain for jobs in sectors that have potential future employment.


If your application meets all the following criteria, you will go through a faster approval process, giving you access to training sooner:

  • You were laid off on or after March 1, 2020.

  • You have a high school education or less; you were laid-off from an occupation requiring no more than a high school education and job-specific training, such as food and beverage servers, flight attendants and retail salespersons.

  • You were laid-off from an industry hit hard by the pandemic, such as hospitality and food services, transportation and warehousing or wholesale and retail trade.

  • You want to train for a career in demand in a local community or provincial priority area.

To register

To verify your eligibility and learn more about the program, please contact an Employment Consultant at our Employment Resource Center.

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