Canada Ontario Job Grant

The Canada Ontario Job Grant will provide direct financial support for employers who wish to purchase training for their workforce. In this grant program, employers choose the individuals they would like to have trained, and the training that meets their workforce development needs.

This program is intended to support employers in taking a greater role in workforce development. The cost of training is a shared investment between employers and the government.


Training must not exceed one year in duration and must be provided by one of the following:

  • Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Publicly Assisted Universities
  • School Boards
  • Private trainers operating in compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
  • Union-based training centres 
  • Private trainers operating in compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
  • Union-based training centres

The grant will:

  • Provide up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs
  • Require employers to contribute one-third of the total costs. There will be additional flexibility for small businesses to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs. 
  • Require training to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer

Which employers are eligible for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant?

Individual private and not-for-profit sector employers, 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. Eligibility criteria apply to all employers regardless of whether they are training one or multiple individuals. An employer must:

  • Make minimum cash and in-kind contributions towards training costs
  • Employ the individual selected for training. 
  • 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 adequate Workplace Safety Insurance or alternate workplace safety coverage
  • Maintain adequate third-party general liability insurance
  • Comply with all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards.

An employer must not:

  • Be a federal, provincial or municipal government and/or agency
  • Be a designated broader public sector organization, as defined by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act (e.g., a school board, university, college or hospital)
  • Be a 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
  • Currently in receipt of other government funds related to the same skills training for the same individual (e.g., Employment Service or Youth Employment Fund Job Placements)
  • Use training participants to displace existing staff or replace staff who are on lay-off.

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant supports eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per grant, with additional flexibility for small employers.
Eligible training costs are as follows:

  • Tuition or other training provider fees
  • Textbooks, software and other required materials (e.g., training clothing, tools, equipment, disability supports [as noted below], etc.)
  • Mandatory student fees Examination fees

What is the application process?

Employers apply directly to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, through following link: https://www.eoss.tcu.gov.on.ca/COJG_Online/home.htm?lang=en
If you have difficulties, please contact the Employment Ontario Contact Centre at their toll-free number: 1-800-387-5656, or through the TTY line: 1-866-533-6339, or on the ministry’s website www.tcu.gov.on.ca.


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