Ontario increasing support for manufacturing workers

There are less rules for retraining

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The Ontario government is improving supports for manufacturing workers looking to train for a new career.

The changes include waiving certain eligibility requirements to give workers easier and faster access to training supports. The support program, known as Second Career, helps workers with retraining costs such as tuition, books and transportation.

Effective April 1, 2020, laid-off manufacturing workers will no longer be required to search for a job for 26 weeks to qualify for Second Career.

The Second Career program was launched in 2008 as a response to major layoffs in the wake of the 2007/2008 world financial crisis. The program helps laid-off workers pay for post-secondary education or training that they need to successfully rejoin the workforce.

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