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Get up to $10,000 from government to pay for employee training

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides funding from the federal and provincial governments to employers for training new or current employees so they gain the skills required to fill available jobs.  The grant is available to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors and applications are now being accepted.

How does it work?

The maximum training cost covered by the grant is $15,000 per employee.  Of that amount, the federal and provincial governments will pay two-thirds (up to $10,000) and the employer will pay one-third (up to $5,000). 

If an employer has fewer than 50 employees, half of their one-third contribution can be made “in-kind” through wages paid to the employee while in training.  For example, if the employer’s portion is $5,000 in training costs, half of that amount (or $2,500) needs to be paid, while the other half can be contributed through the wages that the employer pays to the employee while they are being trained. 

The employer decides who will be trained and what training is required. The employer must have a job available for the individual being trained once the training is completed. The training must be provided by a third-party trainer, accredited by the province. Employers can apply for an unlimited number of grants, but only one grant per employee.

Who is eligible?

Employers: Private sector employers, not-for-profit organizations, First Nations band councils and organizations acting on behalf of employers (including union training halls, industry associations, training coordinators and other employer consortiums that meet the requirements below) are eligible to apply for the grant.

An employer must:

  • make a contribution towards training costs
  • employ the individual selected for training. If the employer has hired an unemployed individual to fill a vacancy, the offer of employment can be conditional upon the individual having completed training and 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 also located in Ontario
  • comply with all applicable legislation (e.g. the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Employment Standards Act, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act).

Trainees: must be residents of Ontario and either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, and meet the eligibility requirements below: 

  • can either be employed by an employer or be sponsored by an employer who has provided a permanent or conditional offer of employment.
  • must not be participating in full-time training or education or any other government training program that offers funding support for same tuition, books or other training related costs (e.g., Second Career).

What costs are covered?

Tuition or other training provider fees, textbooks, software and other required materials (e.g., training clothing, tools, equipment, disability supports, etc.), mandatory student fees and examination fees.

Who does the training?

Training must not exceed one year in duration and must be provided by one of the following: private trainers operating in compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, product vendors, colleges of applied arts and technology, publicly-assisted universities, school boards, and union-based training centres.

How do I apply?

Applications can be submitted online. Applications will likely not be processed until the beginning of November.

Obtain more information about the grant or eligibility requirements.