Canada – Ontario Job Grant

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers, individually or in groups, to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Program Eligibility: Employers

An employer must:

  • Contribute a minimum of half of eligible training costs in cash (unless they are a small employer with fewer than 100 employees);
  • Employ the individual selected for training;
  • 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, regulations, and any other relevant standards.

Employer Financial Contribution

Government covers 1/2 of direct training costs for large employers and 5/6 for small employers

  • Up to $10,000 per trainee
  • May qualify for 100% funding and up to $15,000 per trainee if small employer (fewer than 100

employees) is hiring and training unemployed individuals (Will be automatically assessed).

Large employers (100 or more employees) covers a minimum of 1/2 of direct training costs in cash.

Small employers (fewer than 100 employees) cover 1/6 of direct training costs in cash.

Government-funding Fees Include

Tuition and other training-related costs.

Textbooks, software and other materials required for training (up to $500 per person).

Testing fees.

Transportation fees , petrol fees for vehicle(over24 km)up to $500 per person.

Training Eligibility

Training supported through the Grant is driven by employer demand and must be directly related to the skills needs identified by the employer. Employers identify the types of training required to meet their skills needs and the individual(s) who will be trained.

The following types of training are ineligible for COJG funded training:

  • The ministry will not provide COJG funding for training that the employer must provide according to the law.
  • Business owners, including individuals with a controlling interest in corporations, are not eligible as trainees.
  • Senior management within large organizations (over 500 employees) are ineligible for COJG funding.
  • Senior management at small and medium employers (less than 500 employees) are still eligible for COJG funding.
  • Senior Manager positions are defined by the 2016 National Occupational Code (NOC): the positions with NOC “00” Senior Management Occupations are ineligible.
  • Other ineligible training programs are: Executive training courses (MBA, CFA), Preparatory training courses (LSAT,MCAT,GMAT), Business Consulting services and attending conferences.

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