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Second Career

The Ontario government is helping laid-off workers get back to work.


You may qualify for up to $28,000, or more in some cases, to pay for tuition and expenses such as:

  • Books
  • Living expenses
  • Help caring for dependents
  • Travel & Transportation
  • Disability supports
  • Other living and
  • training costs

Is Second Career right for you?

  • Have you been laid off from a fulltime job in Ontario within the past 4 years?
  • Are you currently unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week?
  • Are you seeking training and education for a new career in Ontario?

Contact us to get started with Second Career.


Attend a Second Career Orientation Session.


*Effective July 13, 2021, the Ontario government has made changes to the Second Career program to better help laid-off workers pay for tuition and living expenses.


If you were laid off in one of the sectors most impacted by COVID-19 since March 1, 2020, you may benefit from these changes. To learn more about Second Career, contact your preferred college today!


Youth Job Connection

Youth Job Connection (YJC) is a program for youth aged 15 to 29 who face barriers to employment but want to work.

  • Get paid while you gain work experience and skills
  • Participate in 3-weeks of training
  • Learn employment techniques that work
  • Work with a group of peers that are facing similar challenges
  • Benefit from mentorship, education and work transition support
  • Connect to a source of guidance throughout the year

Contact Us Today!

Youth Job Connection Summer

Are you between the ages of 15-18 and looking for summer or part time work while in high school?


If you are facing challenging life circumstances and want to learn the fundamentals of securing and maintaining employment, the Youth Job Connection Summer could be for you.


Youth will gain:

  • Up to 20 hours of paid pre-employment training
  • Job placements up to 8 weeks during the summer
  • Job placements up to 10 hours per week during the school year

Contact Us Today!


Job Search Workshops

Are you new to Canada? Ready to start job searching? Learn what Canadian employers want newcomers to know about finding a job in Canada.


Job Search Workshop (JSW) is a program designed to help immigrants find employment in Canada.


The program offers pre-employment training and assists internationally trained individuals with the initial stages of their job search.


JSW helps you learn:

  • How to Effectively Search for Employment in Canada
  • What Canadian Employers Are Looking For
  • How to Gain Canadian Work Experience
  • How to Develop a Résumé that Works in Canada

Who can participate?

Internationally-educated individuals (newcomers) who are:

  • Ready, willing and able to work and have a clear occupational goal
  • Able to communicate in the English language
  • Permanent residents, landed immigrants, convention refugees or live-in caregivers

If you are an Internationally-educated individual looking for work, contact the Pickering Welcome Centre to learn more about this program.

TRIEC  Mentoring Partnership

Find a mentor to help you progress your career in Canada.


If you are an immigrant with a professional background, TRIEC Mentoring Partnership* can help you reconnect with your career with the support of a mentor who works in your field, in Canada.


By talking to a mentor who shares your professional background and knows how the local labour market works, you can get a head start on your journey to success in Canada.


In fact, 75% of participants find a job in their professional field within one year.


You should sign up for the program if you:

  • Have 2+ years of international experience in your professional field
  • Have lived in Canada for less than five years
  • Are unemployed or underemployed and looking to reconnect with your career

A mentor can help you:

  • Understand Canadian industry trends
  • Develop more effective job search strategies
  • Build your professional network
  • Find ways of leveraging your experience and skills

Interested? Contact a Mentoring Partnership Coach to learn how to sign-up.


TRIEC Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration of employer and community partners, and operates as a program of TRIEC. TRIEC champions the skills and talents that immigrants bring to the Greater Toronto Area.


Funding for TRIEC Mentoring Partnership is provided by the Governments of Canada and Ontario, Ontario Trillium Foundation, RBC Foundation and Manulife.


Register for a TRIEC information session.


Information about TRIEC.


Information about TRIEC Mentoring Partnership.


Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre is a partner in TRIEC Mentoring Partnership – a program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council delivered by 12 community partners across the GTA, including the Durham Region.