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Ontario invests $77M for job seekers to retrain after COVID-19 layoffs


The Ontario government is providing $77 million to assist people who were laid off due to the impact of COVID-19 find jobs in industries including advanced manufacturing.

The funding will help more than 2,750 job seekers with up to $28,000 for tuition, training materials and living expenses as they train for careers in advanced manufacturing, life sciences, information and communications, and supportive health services.

The government has redesigned its Second Career grant program to focus on training initiatives with a duration of 52 weeks or less. These changes will also remove existing caps on the funding amount available to cover tuition at a wider range of institutions.

To apply to the program, job seekers must work with an employment services agency to determine eligibility.

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