- What is the Canada-Ontario Job Grant?
On March 28, 2014, Ontario signed the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement with the federal government. The agreement is a key source of funding for new, employer-driven, training initiatives and represents an opportunity for the province to engage more effectively with employers in support of Ontarians obtaining the skills required to fill and succeed in available jobs. Under the agreement, Ontario delivers the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.
The grant provides 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.
- 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.
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
- Product vendors.
- 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.
- How can I apply for a Job Grant?
Applications for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be found at
- How do I find out the status of my application?
If you have submitted an application, please follow up with your service provider about its status.
Please note that applications submitted after April 20, 2015, will be assessed using new criteria that will give the highest priority to employer applications that allow trainees to take on a new or better job, and training that will allow trainees who have received a lay-off notice to retain their position. For all applications priority will be given to employers who have not received Canada-Ontario Job Grant funding in the past six months.
All considerations for funding are based on current demand for funds and the number of applications in the community.
- What kind of role do employers have in the Canada-Ontario Job Grant?
Employers that wish to access the grant are responsible for identifying the particular skills gaps they wish to address, the types of training that would address those gaps, and the specific individuals they would like to see trained.
Employers must provide a cash contribution towards the cost of training. Some additional flexibility is available for small employers (i.e., employers with 50 or fewer employees can make up-to-half of their contribution through wages paid to the employee).
Employers accessing the grant also must commit to having a job for the individual upon training completion (i.e., same or new for incumbent workers). For exceptional circumstances, this may involve entering into a job placement agreement with an unemployed individual that would commence during or after training.
- What is the required contribution an employer must make to be eligible for funding?
EMPLOYERS WITH 50 OR FEWER EMPLOYEES
Employers with 50 or fewer employees are required to contribute a minimum one-third towards the training costs of each individual participating in training funded through the grant.
A minimum of one-half of their one-third contribution must be in cash and applied towards eligible training costs.
The remainder of the employer’s contribution can be made in-kind through wages paid to the individual while they are participating in training. For employers applying for multiple grants, a minimum one-third contribution must be made for each participating individual (i.e., an employer cannot contribute more than one-third for some individuals and less than one-third for others).
Where an employer makes a contribution of one-third of the eligible training costs, the grant will pay remaining eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per individual.
EMPLOYERS WITH OVER 50 EMPLOYEES
Employers with over 50 employees are required to make minimum one-third cash contributions towards eligible training costs.
- If the employer meets all eligibility criteria, does this mean that they are guaranteed funding?
No. Employers are not guaranteed funding solely on meeting the eligibility criteria.
- Why is training supported by the Canada-Ontario Job Grant limited to one year in duration?
Training supported through the grant focuses on occupation-specific skills that address more immediate gaps or needs identified by an employer.
Other Employment Ontario training programs, such as Second Career, support multi-year, post-secondary education and advanced credential obtainment.
Offering training of up-to-one year in duration minimizes overlap with programs such as Second Career, and allows grant resources to be directed towards addressing the immediate skills gaps identified by employers.
- Who is administering the COJG?
For training applications involving 25 or fewer participants, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant service provider will make grant-funding decisions and manage/administer grant agreements with employers.
For training applications involving over 25 participants, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will make grant-funding decisions and manage/administer grant agreements with employers.
- What forms need to be completed throughout the COJG process?
Employer Application Form: This form will be completed by the employer and it will act as the request for COJG funding. If the application is approved, it will act as the employer registration form to enter employer information into the data management system and for follow-up purposes. Please see the form for more details on privacy.
Employer Registration for Consortiums: This form must be completed for each employer represented in a consortium application. The ministry will request these forms as needed.
Participant Registration Form: This form will need to be completed only after the application is approved for funding, by each individual participating in training. Please see the form for more details on privacy.
Placement Agreement: For exceptional circumstances, where there will be a job placement for an unemployed individual, the placement agreement will be completed and agreed to between the employer, placement individual and service provider.
Electronic Funds Transfer Form: Employers requesting training for over 25 participants and all consortiums must complete this form.Canada-Ontario Job Grant Training Outcome Report: Employers will be requested to complete this report at the end of each training session.
- Do people who have their tuition paid from the Canada-Ontario Job Grant have to pay tax?
The grant is not taxable to individuals if the employer pays the tuition. However, if a third party pays the tuition on behalf of the employer, it may become taxable.
- Do employers have to pay tax on the money they receive from the ministry?
An employer in receipt of a Canada-Ontario Job Grant must declare the grant as revenue on their tax return. An employer receiving the grant through a consortium must also declare the grant as revenue. Employers are encouraged to consult with their accountant for any tax advice.