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Our free Employment Ontario Employment Services help you find a job, get training, or build skills.  Whether you decide to job search independently in our Resource Room, join one of our many specialized employment programs, or work directly with one of our experienced Employment Counsellors, we’re here to help every step of the way.  Your job is out there.  We’ll help you find it!

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  • Direct connections to local employers
  • One-on-one employment support
  • Job placement opportunities
  • Resume & cover letter building
  • Interview preparation & personal branding
  • Skills training
  • Effective job search & networking  techniques
  • Access to computers, internet, printers, fax

Starting is easy, we promise!

Come meet with one of our experienced Employment Counsellors today and get started on developing a personalized action plan that’ll help you achieve your employment goals. 

There’s no appointment needed.  Just stop by during business hours and say, “Hello.”   

better jobs ontario (previously known as second career)

OVERVIEW

Have you been laid-off and want to start another career?  The Better Jobs Ontario program (previously known as Second Career) gives eligible applicants:

  • Skills training for in-demand jobs
  • Financial support

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 might be available for:

  • Childcare
  • Disability-related supports
  • Living away from home
  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and/or language training

Length of training programs

Better Jobs Ontario helps you rejoin the workforce quickly. That’s why the program focuses on training programs that take 52 weeks or less to complete, including micro-credential programs.

If you want to attend training for longer than one year, you can apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for a mix of grants and loans to help you pay for your postsecondary education.

Eligibility

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)

Laid-off due to COVID-19?

While the Better Jobs Ontario program is open to unemployed job seekers, 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 for future employment.

If your application meets all the following criteria, you’ll 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.

Apply to Better Jobs Ontario TODAY!

Contact us today.  We’ll help you decide if this program is right for you and help you complete your application.

APPRENTICESHIPS

There are opportunities to learn from the best in the business. As an apprentice, you will have the opportunity to learn a skilled trade both within the classroom, as well as on the job from experienced workers – all while getting paid!

Want to know if you qualify? Then visit your nearest Employment Ontario Apprenticeship office to find out what opportunities are available. You can find your nearest office here.

The Sault Community Career Centre has knowledgeable staff who are more than happy to provide advice on the current educational and regulatory requirements needed for apprenticeships across a variety of industries. Additionally, our staff are here to help aspiring apprentices form connections with employers. Jumpstart your apprenticeship today!

Specialized Programs

Build This City

Build This City is a SkillsAdvance Ontario workforce development project designed for Sault Ste. Marie. It gives job seekers FREE short-term construction fundamentals training, and helps them get work and advance in the local construction sector. Our next training session starts Monday, July 4, 2022. Applications are being accepted until Monday, June 20, 2022, at 4:30 pm. Apply today!

Build This City

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Apprenticeship Support Program

Supports job seekers and apprentices to begin and/or successfully complete an apprenticeship in the skilled trades. Gives skilled trades employers, apprentice sponsors, and journeyperson apprentice trainers the info, tools and strategies needed to successfully train and retain apprentices.

Apprenticeship Support Program

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Transition to Independence - Youth employment Program

Through the Transition to Independence Program, youth get job skills and hands-on paid work experience with local employers. While in training, youth get a living expense equal to minimum wage.

Transition to Independence - Youth Employment Program

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