Programs for women’s economic empowerment

Search for a program that provides skills, knowledge and experience to help increase your economic opportunities.

Investing in Women’s Futures

The Investing in Women’s Futures program provides resources and training opportunities to help women develop in-demand skills. The program has expanded to a total of 33 locations across the province in 2023. Find a location near you.

Women’s Economic Security Program

Find training opportunities for low-income women, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals who identify as women, in the skilled trades, information technology, employment training, and entrepreneurship through 17 organizations across the province.

Building Indigenous Women’s Leadership

Indigenous women can access this program’s resources to participate in leadership roles in their communities.

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Regional Innovation Centre locations

Learn about Regional Innovation Centres (RICs), where entrepreneurs can access programs and services to help them grow their business.

Small Business Enterprise Centre locations

Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) offer entrepreneurs the tools they need to start and grow their businesses.

Skilled trades

Trade up to a career in the skilled trades. Learn about over 140 trades, how to apply for an apprenticeship and find resources and funding to become a tradesperson.

Women in the workplace

Learn about government resources and supports for women in the workforce.

Better Jobs Ontario

Get skills training and financial support when you qualify for Better Jobs Ontario (formerly Second Career).

Temporary help workers, agencies and host employers

Learn about the health and safety of temporary help workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Jobs and employment

We’ve got the resource and supports to help connect job seekers with employers.

Employment Ontario

We help job seekers, workers and employers with advice, grants and other services around public and private sector employment.

Explore Ontario’s labour market

Labour market information and statistics can help you plan your career. Learn more about work trends and the skills, education and training you need for jobs today, and in the future.

Take a career quiz

Take this simple quiz to identify your strengths, and in about ten minutes you’ll get a list of ten jobs that may be a good fit for you. You can consider the results of this quiz in combination with other resources as you make career-related decisions.

Creating safer workplaces for women

Find resources to help you improve your workplace’s health and safety and follow Ontario’s occupational health and safety laws.

Child Care

Child care plays a critical role in supporting the labour force participation of women.

Get help finding, selecting and paying for child care.

Education and training

Ontario Learn and Stay Grant

Learn about funding to cover the costs of tuition, books and other direct educational expenses and how to apply.

Programs for student success

Learn about programs to help you work towards your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Ontario Student Assistance Program

Learn how you may qualify for financial assistance when attending post-secondary institutions.

Go to college or university in Ontario

Learn about applying to Ontario’s 23 publicly assisted universities, 24 colleges or more than 500 registered private career colleges and institutions.

Apprenticeship in Ontario

Learn about the programs that will help you get the skills to apply for an apprenticeship, how to get a job in the skilled trades, and apply for grants and incentives.