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Looking for training incentives? Applications open Aug 30/21 for Canada-Manitoba Job Grant

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The Canada-Manitoba Job Grant is an employer-driven approach to help develop the skills of new or existing employees to help them meet the requirements of their present job, or to move into a better job.

The Job Grant will now contribute up to 75% of eligible training costs for small employers (with fewer than 100 employees), and up to 50% for larger businesses. Companies of all sizes can apply for up to $10,000 per employee.

What is the deadline to apply?

Applications will open August 30, 2021 to support training planned between April 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022.

Read the Employer Fact Sheet, FAQs and complete the application spreadsheet. (It may take time to fully open this Excel file. If you do not receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 24 hours of emailing it, follow the instructions at the end of CMJG.) 

What training topics are eligible?

  • Avoiding layoffs
  • Increasing team work and strengthening leadership skills
  • Export development
  • Implementing new equipment, new products, new technology
  • Increasing productivity, marketing and sales
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Covid-19 training:
    • How to meet Physical Distancing guidelines in the workplace
    • Implement workplace sanitization procedures
    • Develop & market new products for Covid-19 needs (eg., PPE)
    • Business continuity planning
    • Return to work planning
    • Technology training to support E-Commerce

What is required of the employer?

Participating employers must:

  • Have a job available for the trained employee
  • Contribute at least one-third of the eligible training costs (For companies with 50 employees or less, up to one-half of the employer’s contribution can be ‘in kind’ through wages the employer pays to the employee while they are being trained.)
  • Agree to provide follow-up reports to the government about training costs and results

Employers will be able to:

  • Determine what training is needed
  • Select who will receive training
  • Decide which third-party trainer will deliver the training

Ineligible employers include:

  • Prior recipients of three Job Grants over the past five years
  • Current recipient of funding from Manitoba under another Industry Workforce Development program such as the Industry Expansion Program, or the Workforce Development Program
  • Employers who don’t meet all of the eligibility criteria listed on the grant application
  • K-12 schools funded by provincial/federal sources
  • Federal, provincial and territorial governments
  • Federal and provincial crown corporations and agencies

Who can be trained?

Training participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Temporary foreign workers are not eligible. Candidates include individuals who are:

  • Unemployed
  • Employed but seeking a better job
  • Employed but want to enhance skills for an existing job

How is the training done? What are the eligible training costs?

Approved third-party trainers include:

  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Private vocational institutions
  • Sector councils or industry associations
  • Union halls

The program may approve other organizations to deliver training. These may be equipment manufacturers, software developers or private trainers.

Training can take place in any setting, including at the workplace, in a classroom or training facility, or online.

Eligible training costs include:

  • Tuition
  • Training provider fees
  • Student fees
  • Textbooks, software and other training materials
  • Examination fees
  • Travel costs for individuals residing in northern and remote communities to attend training events in Manitoba delivered outside their communities or unavailable online

Ready to apply?

Read the Employer Fact Sheet, FAQs and complete the application spreadsheet. (It may take time to fully open this Excel file. If you do not receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 24 hours of emailing it, follow the instructions at the end of CMJG.) 

For more information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-945-3744, 1-866-626-4862 or [email protected].

Still have questions?

CFIB Business Counsellors are available to answer CFIB members’ questions. Contact us at 1-888-234-2232 or [email protected].