The Government of Saskatchewan has partnered with the Government of Canada to introduce the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant to help employers train workers to meet their specific workforce needs.
The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant will put skills training decisions in the hands of Saskatchewan employers and help workers get the training they need for available jobs. Through this program, employers and government will partner to fund training for unemployed or underemployed individuals leading to a new or better full-time job.
The core principles of the new program are that the:
1. Employer selects the candidates for training and decides what training is required;
2. Employer has a job available for the candidate at the end of the training period;
3. Employer financially contributes to the training; and
4. Training must be provided by an eligible third-party training institution.
To access a Job Grant, an employer is required to contribute at least one third of the training costs, with the remaining two thirds, up to $10,000, coming from the Job Grant. Eligible training costs include tuition fees charged by the training provider, other mandatory student fees, textbook and other learning materials fees, and examination fees.
Small employers (employers with up to 50 employees) may be able to apply trainee wages towards a portion of their contribution. Government will contribute two-thirds of the cost to maximum of $10,000 per trainee.