Better Jobs Ontario

Better Jobs Ontario

The objective of Better Jobs Ontario is to support laid off, unemployed individuals who require skills training to assist them to find employment in occupations with demonstrated labour market prospects in Ontario.

Qualified candidates can be eligible to receive financial help to pay for:

  • Tuition
  • Living Expenses
  • Help Caring For Dependents
  • Travel
  • Transportation
  • Disability Supports
  • Other Living and Training Costs
  • Books

Employment Needs Assessment

Individuals interested in skills training must meet with staff at an assessment centre and complete a thorough employment needs assessment. For consideration under the Better Jobs Ontario program, individuals must also be assessed on the Better Jobs Ontario eligibility requirements listed below.

Better Jobs Ontario Eligibility

You qualify for Better Jobs Ontario if you either:

  1. Have been laid-off and have not been working or are working a temporary job just to cover costs
  2. Have not been laid-off but have been unemployed for six months longer and are part of a low-income household

For the purposes of Better Jobs Ontario, “laid-off” individuals also includes:

  • Those individuals whose employment contract has ended.
  • Those individuals who have received Employment Insurance maternity or parental benefits and are seeking to reenter the labour force.
  • Those individuals who have left work due to medical reasons.

For the purposes of Better Jobs Ontario, “unemployed” includes individuals:

  • Working less than 20 hours per week.
  • Who may have taken an interim job to make ends meet after their initial lay-off.
  • On salary continuation or who have received severance pay.

For more information please visit a Resource Centre or the Better Jobs Ontario website.

Employment Services at St. Lawrence College

More intensive assisted services may be available if you are unemployed and out of school. If you are interested in knowing more about these services, please complete the form below and one of our representatives will contact you.