Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

Employer Questions and Answers


  • What is the Canada-Ontario Job Grant?
  • Who is administering the COJG?
  • How much funding is an employer eligible to receive through COJG?
  • What kind of role do employers have in the COJG?
  • What is the required contribution an employer must make to be eligible for funding?

Employer Eligibility

  • Which employers are eligible for the COJG?
  • What is a consortium and is it eligible for funding?
  • What is a broader public sector organization?
  • Are crown corporations eligible for funding?
  • Can an employer access COJG funds more than once?
  • Can a single employer have more than one training agreement running concurrently?
  • Do Schedule 2 employers under WSIB, still qualify under the COJG program eligibility criteria?

Training Eligibility

  • What kind of training is and is not covered by the grant?
  • What is an eligible training institution?
  • How do you determine if a training institution is in compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005?
  • Why is training supported by the COJG limited to one year in duration?
  • Does the training need to happen in 12 consecutive months, or can it be 12 months but extend over one year (e.g., multiple modules with breaks in between)?
  • Is in-class apprenticeship training eligible under the COJG?
  • Is mandatory certification/training eligible for funding under the COJG?

Individual Eligibility

  • Can an individual apply directly for the grant?
  • Who is eligible to participate in training funded through the COJG?
  • Are individuals paid on commission eligible for COJG?
  • Are individuals with 900-series Social Insurance Number (SIN) eligible to participate in the COJG?
  • Are business owners or shareholders eligible to participate in the COJG?
  • Can trainees participate in training more than once?
  • For individuals who are on Ontario Works, are they able to continue receiving their benefits if taking part in COJG?
  • Is there specific criteria (aside from self-identification) that will be used to determine whether a person with a disability qualifies for disability training supports, such as assistive devices?

Application Process

  • Must an employer have all of the trainees chosen when submitting an application for funding?
  • Where does an employer submit a completed application?
  • What forms need to be completed for the program?

Application Assessment

  • How will applications be assessed?
  • If the employer meets all eligibility criteria, does this mean that they are guaranteed funding?
  • How long will it take to assess the application?

Application Form

  • What does company-specific training mean?
  • What are the definitions of the training categories listed in the application form?
  • What are the definitions of the type of skills listed in the application form?
  • The application form asks for information on “incumbent” and “new hires”. What does that mean?
  • Why does the application request information on the future state of the trainees?
  • What does an employer do if there is only one viable training provider? (Three quotes are required if the total cost of application exceeds $25,000 or $700 per participant per day)
  • Can an employer request more than one training type on one application?

Employment Insurance



Job Placements

  • Are job placements eligible for COJG funding?
  • What are the exceptional circumstances for placing an unemployed individual?
  • Can an employer receive placement incentives for the same individual through Employment Service or Youth Job Connection and COJG?

Additional Questions