CANADA-ONTARIO JOB GRANT
WHAT THE FUND OFFERS
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with a financial contribution from the government.
The COJG is available to small, medium, and large businesses, and will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees.
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION ON APPROVED APPLICATIONS
- The Government will reimburse 1/2 of eligible direct training costs for large employers (100 or more employees) up to a maximum of $10,000 per existing employee/trainee.
- The Government will reimburse 5/6 of eligible direct trainng costs for small employers (fewer than 100 employees) up to a maximum of $10,000 per existing employee/trainee.
- The Government will reimburse 100% of eligible training costs up to a maximum of $15,000 per new hire/trainee.
Individual private and not-for-profit sector employers, First Nation bands councils 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.
An employer must:
- Make minimum cash contributions 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 the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act
- Maintain appropriate Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or private workplace safety insurance coverage
- Have adequate third party general liability insurance as advised by its insurance broker
- Comply with all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation
An employer must not:
- Be a federal, provincial or municipal government and/or agency
- Be legally required to provide their employees with the training
- Be a designated broader public sector organization, as defined by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act
- 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 a Canada-Ontario Job Grant Service Provider, or an Employment Service provider
- Be currently in receipt of other government funds related to the same skills training for the same individual
- Use training participants to displace exisiting staff or replace staff who are on lay-off
All people who are residents of Ontario and either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and meet the eligibility requirements below are eligible to participate in training funded through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.
Eligibility requirements are as follows:
- Employed individuals must be identified 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 same tuition, books or other training related costs
- An individual must not be a business owner or have a controlling interest in the business/employer submitting the application
Training must not 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
- Product vendors with manufacturer-recognized training certifications
- Union-based training centres
To access the application, click on the link: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/index.html.
If you are interested in pursuing an application and would like assistance with this process, or for more information on this program, please call 705.945.0705 and ask to speak with someone about the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.