Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Train Your Employees for 1/3 the Cost

Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government. The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, and will:

  • Provide up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs
  • Require employers to contribute one-third of the total costs. Employers with less than 50 employees may be able to apply trainee wages towards a portion of their contribution
  • Require training to be delivered by an external, third party trainer such as a community college and be completed within a 52 week period

Canada-Ontario Job Grant Employer Training from Charlie Mignault

Employer Eligibility  

Employers applying for funding must:

  • Be private or not-for-profit sector
  • Employ the individual selected for training or hire them upon training completion
  • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • Be applying for training that is delivered in Ontario and is related to a job that is in Ontario
  • Maintain appropriate workplace safety insurance and comply with all applicable federal and provincial labour and human rights legislation
  • Have third-party general liability insurance

An employer must not:

  • Be a federal, provincial or municipal government and/or agency
  • Be a designated broader public sector organization, as defined by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act (e.g., a school board, university, college, hospital or public library etc.)
  • Be district social services administration boards established under the District Social Services Administration Boards Act (notwithstanding their exclusion under the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act)
  • Be currently in receipt of other government funds related to the same skills training for the same individual (e.g., Employment Service or Youth Employment Fund Job Placements)
  • Use training participants to displace existing staff or replace staff who are on lay-off

Employee/Trainee Eligibility

  • Be a resident of Ontario
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
  • Be one of the following:
    • Employed individuals must be identified for training by their employer
    • Unemployed individuals must also be sponsored by an employer, demonsrated through a permanent or conditional offer of employment
    • An individual must not be participating in full-time training or education or any other government training intervention that offers funding support for the same tuition, books or other training related costs

Trainer Eligibility

Training cannot exceed one year in duration and must be provdided by one of the following third-party providers:

  • Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Publicly-assisted universities
  • School boards
  • Private trainers operating in compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
  • Union-based training centres
  • Product vendors (e.g. related to software or machinery)

Whats Covered

Eligible training costs include:

  • Tuition or other training provider fees
  • Textbooks, software and other required materials
  • Mandatory student fees
  • Examination fees

For more information about the program visit the Government of Ontario website.

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