Ontario Skills Development VS. Second Career

Ontario Skills Development (OSD) Second Career (SC)
The objective of Ontario Skills Development is to return insured participants to employment as quickly as possible, therefore, the training supported under OSD reflects the shortest route to sustainable employment. The objective of the Second Career is to support laid-off individuals who require skills training to rind employment in demand occupations in Ontario.

Eligible clients must meet the definition of “insured participant” as defined by Section 58 of the EI Act (i.e. clients must be EI claimants or EI Reachback).

The reason for separation from employment is not an eligibility factor.

Eligible clients are those who have been laid-off on or after January 1, 2005 including EI claimants, EI Reachback and Non-EI eligible, and who require skills training for employment in demand occupations in Ontario.

Individuals who have taken an interim job since their lay-off to make ends meet are also eligible for Second Career.

The skills training supported must provide the worker with the skills necessary for employment, but is not restricted to an occupation in Skill Level B of the Statistics Canada NOC Skills Matrix (2006).

The skills training supported must provide individuals who are:

  • EI active or EI Reachback clients with the skill set necessary for employment in an occupation listed in Skill Level B and equivalent occupations
  • Non-EI eligible clients with the skill set for either NOC level B or NOC Level C occupations and equivalent occupations
The total skills training is not restricted to a specific minimum duration, however, the maximum duration of an individual agreement cannot exceed 3 years.

For EI active or EI Reachback clients, skills training may be between 6 months and 2 years in duration.

For Non-EI eligible clients, skills training of any duration up to 2 years may be approved.

For EI active, EI Reachback and non-EI eligible clients, where necessary as a_ prerequisite for skills training, up to one year of academic upgrading may be approved.

The $28, 000 cap for client support does not include costs for disability accommodation. The $28,000 cap for client support does not include costs for disability accommodation, dependant care, living away from home, and all costs related to academic upgrading.

As part of the OSD application, individuals must research a minimum of one publicly assisted college of applied arts and technology. If the applicant wants to take training at a private career college, he/she must research two schools including a publicly assisted college of applied arts and technology where feasible.

As part of the SC application, individuals must research a minimum of one publicly assisted college of applied arts and technology. If the applicant wants to take training at a private career college, he/she must research two schools including a publicly assisted college of applied arts and technology where feasible.

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3 thoughts on “Ontario Skills Development VS. Second Career

  1. I have been waiting for the last 8 Months for your advise and reply re my intended program namely PSW.

    I supplied all the necessary information the councellor requested from me. Still, I regret to state that I am without any help or reply from your department.

    I am a mother with four daughters and my husband is unemployed at present.

    I would appreciate,if immediate action is taken re my case

    and approval be given to follow my intended program, namely PSW (Personal Support Worker).

    Thanking you,

    Mrs. Geethanjali Manoharadas

    1. Don't give out your SIN and other personal info online. It is dangerous. Please contact your councilor regarding your applications.

      They will know your status and you can ask them any of your questions.

  2. This whole thing is the biggest Government scam EVER!!! DO NOT GET SUCKED IN…..Firstly, as a manager in a health care agency, I am seeing first hand that people coming out of these programs are NOT being taught properly….the list of these schools offering programs are endless!!! they are there for the money and as long as they get people to register, the Government kicks in an equal amount of funds to keep the school going. Tuition for these outfits is more than 2 years of University!!! There are students that CAN NOT speak or understand English,(which is NOT their fault) how are they able to complete their chosen program. I had been advised ( as I interviewed a PSW) that the reason she took the course, was that she would not recieve her welfare cheque!

    Salaries(unless a PSW can get into a hospital or Govt funded LTC facility) are pathetic….. Take a program at a Community College, with people that know how to teach and prepare the student accordingly.

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