Second Career Funding Ontario

What is the Second Career Funding Program in Ontario

RESTART with a new career in hairstyling or barbering and get up to $28,000 in  government assistance through the Second Career program

Spring & Summer applications are immediately being assessed

Applying for a Second Career as a Hairstylist or Barber

Are you prepared to begin retraining for a new job in the hairstyling and barbering industry? Learn more about the Second Career program and how you can receive financial assistance when you study to become a hair stylist or barber at Eikonic Academy.

The Ontario government is helping laid-off workers get back to work through the Second Career funding program so that they can find jobs in high-demand occupations as well as provide financial support for basic living expenses while you are in school.  

Second Career works as a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need for people who want to learn a new profession.You may be asked to contribute what you can to your training or education.

Individuals who have been laid off as a result of COVID-19 and are interested in training in other professions with excellent career prospects may be eligible for further financial assistance for their studies and related expenditures.



Since January 2022, we have helped many of our students get funding by guiding them through the application process. 


How do I qualify for Second Career Ontario 

If you've been laid off and are working at a temporary job to make ends meet, you might be eligible for the Second Career grant.

The hairstyling and barbering industry is constantly seeking properly trained individuals.  If you’ve lost your job due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to have all your training costs and even certain living expenses covered.  Imagine having your full training costs covered, and when you graduate, you’re immediately sought after for your skills!

In November 2021, the Ontario government expanded the criteria for Second Career funding to include those with little or no work experience, self-employed individuals, as well as newcomers, youth and social assistance recipients.


Program Description

The Eikonic Hair Program is a 40 week diploma program that specializes in hairstyling and barbering and designed to teach and prepare you for all the skills required to pass your Ontario hairstyling license. The unique learning journey takes you from beginner to professional and exposes you to 13 different skill areas in the hair industry with an emphasis on live-client interactions and portfolio building to increase your confidence and social interactions.  

Hairstyling and Barbering - The Best Second Career Option

Learn skills that are highly sought after and get workforce ready

The double-major hairstyling and barbering program path is ideal for those that wish to explore career options such as: opening up their own salon or barber shop, education, representing beauty manufacturers, working on cruise ships and health care facilities, as well as theatre, film, and television.

How to Apply for Second Career Program in Ontario 

It may take several weeks for your application to complete all 3 stages of the application process. The sooner you apply, the more likely you are able to get approved on time before the next class startsThe following information will be required to assess your eligibility. 

  • How long have you been unemployed or working in a temporary position and looking for work?
  • Record of Employment (RoE)
  • What level of schooling have you completed?
  • Positions and locations for which you have applied.
  • The abilities you'd like to learn and where you'd like to get them.
  • Your previous job, the length of time you worked there, and the abilities you needed for that job.

How to Apply for Second Career Program in Ontario 

There are two phases to the application process: 

  1. The Second Career Funding application
  2. The  Eikonic Pre-Registration (Step 1) 

Your application could take up to 2 to 4 months, therefore planning ahead will increase your chances of receiving funding in a timely manner before your hair school class start dates (January, April, July and October). 

At a minimum, it will take  3 weeks for The Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development to assess your application. 

Keep it mind, approval and processing dates will also vary depending on how quickly you submit the required documents and how complete they are.

Ready to take control of your life? Call us today and speak to one of our education counsellor.

Our experienced education counsellor who will help you navigate the application process specifically for the hairstyling and barbering stream.



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