Canada-Ontario Job Grant
Train Your Employees for Less
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.
The training must be delivered by an external, third party trainer and be completed within a 52 week period.
How much funding is an employer eligible to receive through COJG?
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant supports eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee, with additional flexibility for small employers. Moreover, small employers (less than 100 employees) who are training and hiring unemployed individuals may be eligible for 100% funding and up to $15,000 per trainee. The 100% funding eligibility will be automatically assessed by the ministry staff or service provider responsible for assessing the application.
What is the required contribution an employer must make to be eligible for funding?
Small employers (less than 100 employees) are required to make minimum one-sixth cash contributions towards eligible training costs. Large employers (100 or more employees) are required to make minimum one-half cash contribution towards eligible training costs. Where an employer makes the minimum contribution of the eligible training costs, the grant will pay remaining eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per individual.
Small employers (less than 100 employees) who are training and hiring unemployed individuals may be eligible for 100% funding and up to $15,000 per trainee. The application will be automatically assessed for 100% funding.
A minimum one-sixth (one-half for large employers) contribution must be made for each participating individual (i.e., an employer cannot contribute more than one-sixth for some individuals and less than one-third for others).
Employers applying for funding must:
- Be individual private and not-for-profit sector employers, First Nations and organizations acting on behalf of employers, including union training halls, industry associations, training coordinators and other employer consortia that meet the requirements below are eligible to apply for a grant. Eligibility criteria apply to all employers regardless of whether they are training one or multiple individuals
- Employ the individual selected for training or hire them upon training completion (subject to the employer’s regular probationary period)
- 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
- 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, demonstrated 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
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. Business owners, including individuals with a controlling interest in corporations, are not eligible as trainees under COJG.
Training cannot exceed one year in duration and must be provided 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)
What is Covered
Eligible training costs include:
- Tuition or other reasonable training provider fees
Textbooks, software and other required materials such as training clothing, tools, equipment and disability supports (Maximum support is $500 for each trainee)
Other required materials cannot be the price of new equipment or the combination cost of training and new equipment
- Mandatory student fees
- Examination fees
- Other required materials cannot be the price of new equipment or the combination cost of training and new equipment
Travel costs (Maximum support is $500 per trainee and is only supported if the trainee is travelling over 24 km each way)
For more information about the program visit the Government of Ontario website.
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