5 Canadian Sectors Hiring Now!


Statistics Canada recently released its quarterly labour force survey results. This labour force survey showed major growth in five particular sectors: retail and wholesale trade, business and support services, health care and social assistance, personal care business as well as construction. Small class sizes, intensive training and flexible learning at Ontario’s registered private career colleges will allow a greater number of people to train for these sectors, and enter the workforce sooner.

1. Retail and Wholesale Trade

There has been an increase of 69,000 workers in retail and wholesale trade in the past year, with 22,000 more jobs created in June 2010 alone. With opportunities in managerial, finance and administrative jobs within the sector, those trained in areas such as payroll and accounting can benefit from this growth.  Evergreen College in Toronto offers a unique Business Administration in International Trading Program, Kennedy College of Toronto offers fashion design; these are just two examples of programs available at many private career colleges.

2. Business and Support Services

This sector saw 20,000 new workers in June, and 86,000 since the beginning of 2010. This rise comes from the addition of new manager and administrative positions in the private sector. Victoria International College of Business & Technology in Toronto offers Business Administration,  and IBT College offers Business Management and Entrepreneurship diploma, while many career colleges offer diplomas for various business support roles.

3. Health Care and Social Assistance

The health care and social assistance sector added 20,000 workers in June. As the population of Ontario ages, the need for health care rises. With a shortage of health care professionals across Ontario and Canada, students at registered private career colleges benefit from intensive programs. Canadian Career College can train students for Long Term Care administration and Stafford College of Health Care, Business and Technology in Toronto offers a diploma in pharmacy assistant while many of Ontario’s career colleges, including Prestige Nursing Careers Centre, offer personal support worker diplomas.

4. Personal Care Business

The personal care service sector also increased, with 17,000 new jobs added in June. The retiring workforce has opened up doors to those looking for rewarding employment in the personal care service sector. The Salon & Spa Career College , Complections International Academy, and Body Pro Beauty & Aesthetics Academy and many more career colleges in Ontario offer diploma programs in esthetics, make-up for fashion, photography and bridal as well as spa management.

5. Construction

The construction sector has been the fastest growing industry since last July, according to the Statistics Canada labour survey.  There have been 94,000 more workers in that sector since this time last year. This growth requires highly skilled workers, and registered private career colleges such as Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute, HVAC Training Academy and Stanford International College of Business and Technology can help prepare you for a career in construction. Diploma programs such as Construction and Maintenance Electrician, Construction Technology, Gas Technician, Plumbing and Building services Engineering are offered at some of Ontario’s private career colleges.

The Ontario Association of Career Colleges represents over 250 registered private career colleges in Ontario. To find a career college or program in your area, visit ontariocollegesearch.ca or OACC.ca

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Private Career Colleges Unaffected by Potential Strike at Ontario’s Public Colleges


With the threat of a strike looming at Ontario’s 24 community colleges, it’s important to remember the other option.

Talks with Ontario’s 9,000 community college instructors broke down in December. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is holding a strike vote on January 13.

It’s business as usual at the province’s more than 600 private career colleges. Career colleges may be a better fit for individuals who want to begin a diploma program without the risk of a labour dispute, or those in the Second Career program application process. Most career colleges have frequent start dates throughout the year and may enroll students as often as once per month.

“Ontario’s career colleges offer the necessary tools to kick start your future with diverse options for postsecondary education,” said Paul Kitchin, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges.

Students have already spoken out. A recent Canadian Press article summed up the fears of many Second Career program students at public colleges.  A strike was compared to “another layoff” by one mature student.

Meanwhile, a Toronto Star article indicated the online backlash from community college students. The Facebook group “Ontario College Students Against a Strike” boasts over 17,000 members and a petition signed by over 3,000.


While both sides hope to negotiate a deal, it’s important to note that career college students can earn a diploma or certificate in about 12 months in many exciting fields, including: business, law, the arts, information technology, the trades, esthetics, health care, social services and electronics.

There are over 600 registered private career colleges in more than 70 communities across Ontario.

Private career colleges provide a full range of support services for students, including career planning, interview preparation and job-finding skills, from day one until graduation.

To find a private career college near you, visit www.ontariocollegesearch.ca. For more information on the Ontario Association of Career Colleges, visit www.oacc.ca.

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Second Career, Second Chance. Part Two.

Bob Kilar

Bob Kilar

Bob Kilar is deeply grateful for the Second Career program. In this touching letter, Bob finds the words to describe how becoming a career college student has changed his life.

To whom it may concern,

Information regarding the Second Career program “slowing down” and “raising the bar” has evoked me to reflect about recent events in my life.  It has made me think about what would have happened if Second Career had denied my application.  Well… it is hard to predict the exact consequences, but I certainly would not have been able to become a college student.  I would not have been able to afford it.   

My first day of class in the Addictions and Community Service program at Everest College in London, Ontario was a very special day.  It was the day that ended a long period of uncertainty, fear and sadness.  This very day opened a new chapter in my life.  Before that day, I was an unemployed individual desperately looking for a job.  With no degree of success, I ended up financially and emotionally bankrupt. 

The news about the Second Career program came to me as salvation.  After a long and complicated application process, Admissions Representative Darlene Martin took over, and in a very professional way, converted me to a student.  In the blink of an eye, the sun started to shine again.  I was brought back to the surface from a very deep depression. 

Due to the hard work of people who helped me succeed, I took on the academic challenges and realized how lucky I am.  The “era of sadness” was behind me and the era of creative advances, victories, and fulfilment, had just begun. Addictions Instructor Megan Phillips, an impressive person and a “living library,” effectively fuels her students’ dreams for a better life. Here, at Everest College, surrounded by professional staff, excellent instructors and friendly classmates, I started to build my way to the future; with very optimistic expectations and opportunities. 

What I learned on my first day of class was how much it means to be a Canadian, an Ontarian and a Londoner.  There are thousands of lucky Ontarians across the province who, like myself, received support from Second Career in this very tough time.  There are thousands of thanks flowing back from our hearts.

Thank you Canada!

The changes in the enrolment requirements have made the Second Career program difficult to approach for a lot of people.  It appears that they are not as lucky as I have been.  My wish for them is that the program “speeds up” again, and “the bar drops down” to the previous position, because I do not deserve more, than they do.

Bob Kilar

Did Second Career make a difference in your life? Do you know a student with a story to share?         E-mail kristas@oacc.on.ca to submit a story or write a comment below.

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Second Career Gives Many a Second Chance

Students at private career colleges across Ontario were dismayed to hear of delays in the Second Career program this fall. Many students, like London resident Martin Fisher, have experienced the benefits of the program and hope it will continue to help others. In his own words, Fisher expresses the difference Second Career made in his life in a letter included below.

Martin Fisher, an Everest College student

Martin Fisher, an Everest College student


To Whom It May Concern.

     This is a letter to express my appreciation for the opportunity that was presented to me through the Second Career program. If not for this funding, I would be sitting at home on an indefinite recall list waiting to go back to work to an automotive sector plant that dropped from 2,000 employees to 700 in less than one year. I am also appreciative of the fact that because of this funding, I am able to retrain for a career where the need in the community is great and where I know I will be fulfilled because of the work I am doing.

     I am presently attending Everest College, where I have received nothing less than excellence in the help I have needed. This started from the original contact with Darlene Martin, an Admissions Representative, who I first spoke to when in the process of choosing from several colleges and courses to attend. I was impressed with how she represented this school. I was directed to come in and “shadow” a class where I met the teacher I was to have with the course I had chosen. Again, I was impressed and am still impressed with Megan Phillips, the Addictions and Community Service Worker instructor. The day goes by quickly in Megan’s class. Even though I have been out of school for almost 40 years, with the help that I am receiving, I am achieving above average grades.

     I wouldn’t be here though, without the groundwork being laid through the London Employment Help Centre, the agency in London that helped me through the application process. Even though I was required to do the “leg work”, these people, namely Linda Pollard, helped me to put everything together to present my application to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. It was another positive experience.

     Upon hearing that Second Career funding may be in jeopardy, I count my blessings that I have made it through. It would be a shame to see such a great initiative by our government fall.

     Respectfully Yours,

     Martin Fisher

Did Second Career make a difference in your life? Do you know a student with a story to share? E-mail kristas@oacc.on.ca to submit a story or write a comment below.

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