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First, let's introduce you to what we offer. After all, finding a course or a program that fits your needs, your lifestyle and your personal and professional objectives is pretty important.

Remember, you can apply at any time and you determine when you’d like to start. We have weekly start dates- so you don't have to wait until the fall to register. When you’re ready to apply, we’re here to guide you through that too.
If you’d like to learn a little more about the college and how it all works, we invite you to discover NETC and see if we’re a fit for you. The start of your journey awaits! What are you waiting for?

Start Your Second Career

Start Your Second Career @ NETC

Laid off? Looking for a new career? Second Career is an Ontario government program that will pay your tuition.

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

Start your second career below.


What is Second Career?

Second Career is an Ontario government program that helps those who have been laid-off get the skills training they need for high-demand jobs in their communities. Second Career helps Ontarians get the funding for the education or training required to get a better job.

It is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need, which provides funding help up to $28,000 to pay for:

  • tuition
  • living expenses
  • help caring for dependants
  • travel
  • transportation
  • disability supports
  • other living and training costs
  • books

Do I qualify?

You can apply to Second Career if you are:

  • laid off, or have been laid off since January 2005
  • unemployed or working an interim job (working less than 20 hours per week)
  • choosing to re-train for a career that is in demand

To find out if you qualify for Second Career or other government funding, please visit an Employment Ontario Assessment Centre for an assessment interview.

How does Second Career work?

Second Career starts with a visit to an Employment Ontario Assessment Centre. A case manager will talk to you about your goals, and the kind of help you need. If Second Career is the right choice for you, the case manager will help you prepare a training plan and apply for Second Career.

Who issues program funding?

Funding may be available through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Second Career Strategy for those who qualify. NETC guide you through the process of collecting information needed for your application; however, the Ministry grants the funding, not the colleges themselves.

Where do I start?

Where do I start?

If you are interested in Second Career funding, the best place to start is at an Employment Ontario service centre in your region. They have information sessions about Second Career and can help you discuss your career options and how to get started with the process. The funding process involves assessing if you’re eligible and researching which program and institution best suits your needs.

North Bay

YES Employment North Bay
49 Main Street East
North Bay, ON P1B 1A9
Phone: 705-476-3234
Fax: 705-476-9302

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


How do I apply?

Please see below for the steps required to apply for both Second Career funding as well as to a NETC  program.

Make an appointment

Meet with a Case Manager at YES Employment in your area to determine your suitability as well as your eligibility for the Second Career program.

Choose a program

Once you have met with your case manager and have discussed career options choose a NETC program that may be eligible for Second Career funding.

View full-time programs

Download info sheets for your funding application. Info sheets can be found in info sheets tab.

Review the requirements

Review the admission requirements for your desired program. You must meet these requirements to receive your NETC Letter of Acceptance and to attend any of the College’s full time programs.

Admission requirements:

Want to enter a program as a mature student? Speak with the College's admissions department to set a date to write the Mature Students Test.

Apply for the program

Apply online through our Online Registration Form for your desired NETC College program.

After we've reviewed your application, our admissions department will contact you to schedule an appointment with you at our North Bay Campus. During this time we will review options to make your investment both affordable and realistic.

Do your research

You may be asked by your case manager to research NETC College and your desired program . You will find questions and answers as well as links that may be helpful you when doing your research for Second Career on the Resarch tab.

Confirm your offer

Once you have been accepted, you can confirm your offer in person at our North Bay Campus You will then receive an email from NETC. You can also expect to receive an invoice stating your payment deadlines.

Please make sure fees are paid by the payment deadlines to ensure a seat in the program.

Apply for funding

You will be required to provide the following to the Career and Employment Centre to complete your funding application for Ministry approval:

  • letter of acceptance
  • research
  • program info sheet
  • invoice


Arrange to make your tuition fee payment by the due date that appears on your invoice.

Please note
: If your Ministry funding has not come through by the due date, you must make a minimum payment of $500 by the specified payment date outlined on your invoice to confirm your seat.

Once the deposit has been made by the due date, you will be able to register into your courses and you agree to pay the balance of your fees with the full balance being due upon receipt from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development or as outlined on your invoice.

Please retain your tuition receipts. If you require additional proof of tuition payments, please visit the Registrar’s Office with your identification. Ask for a Confirmation of Registration, this will show fees paid for that semester, as well as the full-time courses currently registered for that semester.

For further information on fee payments and dates, please see your invoice and the Tuition and Fees page.

Sign your contract

Once approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities , you will be asked to sign a contract by your Career and Employment Centre case manager.

Info sheets

What programs are available?

The programs listed below are eligible under Second Career. Your case manager at YES Employment will help you determine an appropriate program.

Once you and your case manager have decided on a program, you can apply to the college in person at NETC North Bay Campus.


Have questions?


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