Here at Palette Skills, we’ve helped hundreds of participants rapidly upskill for careers in growing industries and connected them with companies who were hiring. A major factor when considering our program is the personal investment made to pay for the tuition. In an effort to reduce the barriers of accessing our programming, below you’ll find financial aid and funding options and community partners who can provide assistance.
Windmill Microlending is Canada’s largest and most successful microlending charity for skilled immigrants and refugees. Windmill addresses underemployment of skilled newcomers by offering affordable loans of up to $15,000 to pay for the credentials, licensing, retraining or professional development needed to achieve career success in Canada.
WorkBC Centres support you in finding a job and keeping it. Services are available to all unemployed or precariously employed B.C. citizens legally eligible to work in B.C. The best way for individuals to access support is to visit or inquire with your local WorkBC Centre.
Through the program, qualified borrowers can access loans from $500 to $5,000 to help them in pursuit of professional development education or credentials. The program is ideal for Canadians and individuals transitioning to the work force who don’t qualify for traditional financing. To apply, send an e-mail to learn more.
Ontario Works provides money for food, shelter and other costs to people in financial need who meet the eligibility criteria. People on Ontario Works may receive money when beginning an employment-related activity such as training, or starting self-employment or part-time work.
The Internationally Trained Worker Loan Program provides Internationally Trained Workers (ITWS) residing in southwestern Ontario access to the funds necessary to achieve foreign credential recognition and employment outcomes commensurate with their international education, skills and experience. Loans assist ITWs in covering tuition fees for training and skills upgrading.
The program provides low-interest loans of up to $15,000. To apply or ask questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re laid off or unemployed, Second Career Ontario can help you transition to a new career. It covers up to $28,000 of education and living costs. To apply to Second Career Ontario, find an agency in your community and make an appointment. The agent will help inform you of the information needed to support your application to Second Career Ontario.
The City of Windsor’s Employment and Training Services (ETS) is an Employment Ontario service provider funded by the Province of Ontario. ETS provides employment services, one-on-one assessments as well as various workshops to the public. They pride themselves on high-quality, no-charge employment and client matching services that help reconnect unemployed/under-employed individuals with the right job opportunity.
The City of Windsor is committed to a hands-on approach that is results-oriented, with an emphasis on excellence and customer service. They provide clients and employers the tools they need for long-term sustainable employment.
Employment & Training Services can also assist clients with Second Career Application and employers with the Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG). If you’re interested in their assisted services or want to find out if you qualify, please don’t hesitate to contact them.
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