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Canada-Ontario Job Grant – COJG

What is the Canada-Ontario Job Grant?

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (the COJG) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The COJG will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, and 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.

If you’re an employer with a particular skills demand, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

For information please see the COJG website: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/index.html

What kind of training will be covered by the grant?

The training is intended for employed individuals acquiring new skills for their current job, or to prepare for another job with the same employer, and for unemployed individuals seeking a new job. The employer must have a job available at the end of the training for the individual being trained.

How much funding is an employer eligible to receive through COJG?

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant supports eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee, 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.

Applications for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be found here: https://www.eoss.tcu.gov.on.ca/COJG_Online/home.htm?lang=en

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. 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, 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 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 (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.

Applications for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be found here: https://www.eoss.tcu.gov.on.ca/COJG_Online/home.htm?lang=en