Better Jobs Ontario

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Better Jobs Ontario can help you with skills training for in-demand jobs and 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
  • a basic living allowance (up to $500 per week)

More funding may be available for:

  • childcare
  • disability-related supports
  • living away from home
  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS)
  • language training

You may be eligible for this benefit if you are in one of the situations below:

  • you have been laid-off and have either not been working or are working a temporary job just to cover costs
  • you 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 are getting any of the benefits below:

  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Ontario Works (OW)
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Proof of  residency in Province

For example:

  • lease agreement
  • rent receipt
  • household bill
    • gas
    • electricity
    • cable television
    • telephone
  • driver's license
  • vehicle registration or car insurance
  • membership in social or professional organization
  • Other:
    • bank information
    • employment information

To apply to Better Jobs Ontario, you will need to work with an Employment Ontario agency. Staff there will help you decide if this program is right for you and help you to complete your application.

To get started, find an agency in your community and make an appointment. You can find an agency near you by visiting the Apply to Better Jobs Ontario section of the Better Jobs Ontario website.

Staff at the agency will help you get the information needed to support your application to Better Jobs Ontario.

Last updated: June 28, 2022