Employer Support

We offer services to assist employers with finding, keeping and supporting employees.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government. If you're an employer with a particular skills demand, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you. 

How it works

  • The Canada-Ontario Job Grant is a cost sharing agreement between businesses and the government
  • The government will fund on average, two-thirds of a worker’s eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee
  • As an employer, you contribute the remaining costs for each trainee
  • Employers must apply online at: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/index.html

Employer Eligibility

Individual businesses and business organizations can apply. Employers applying for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant must:

  • contribute a minimum of one-third of eligible training costs in cash, with additional flexibility for small employers (50 or fewer employees)
  • employ the individual selected for training
  • be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • be applying for training that is delivered in Ontario (for a job that is also located in Ontario)
  • Maintain appropriate workplace insurance and comply with all applicable federal and provincial labour and human rights legislation.

Businesses that are NOT eligible for funding include:

  • Broader public sector organizations, as defined by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act
  • Canada-Ontario Job Grant service providers
  • Businesses that are receiving other government funds related to training the same individuals (i.e. the Youth Employment Fund, Employment Ontario Employer subsidies, etc.)

Participant Eligibility

Individuals trained under the grant must:

  • be a resident of Ontario, and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
  • not already be participating in full-time education or training, including participation in any other government training program (e.g., apprenticeship) that offers similar training supports
  •  be identified for the training by the by the employer

Eligible Training

Training through the COJG is driven by employer demand and must be directly related to the skill need indentified by the employer.
Training must NOT exceed one year in duration and must be provided by one of the following third-party providers:

  • 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 (eg., related to software or machinery)
  • Literacy and basic skills providers

To learn more

For more information, please visit www.ontario.ca/employeetraining or contact staff at your local site:


Employer Advantages

  • FREE resume screening and advertising for all of your recruitment needs
  • Tap into government funded financial assistance for training
  • Talk to our experienced Employment Consultants about how we can meet your recruitment needs, achieve employee diversity within your organization and access the people you need within your community

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1.  Why are all of our services at no cost? 

Our services are funded by the federal and provincial government.

 2. What makes us different?
We provide individualized service to people looking for employment.  Our Advisors work with each job seeker to develop a customized plan , assess their needs, and support and guide individuals towards their employment goals. Our Employment Consultants establish, develop and maintain relationships with employers to match the needs of both employers and job seekers.
3. Where does our pool of job seekers come from?
Job seekers access our services through various community referrals, individual referrals, and online services.  They seek various employment opportunities from entry level to advanced careers in all sectors.
4. What sort of occupations do we focus on?
There is no limit to occupations or careers that we focus on.
5. I am interested.  What are my next steps?
Contact the following:
Cambridge - 519-623-9380
Guelph - 519-822-4141
Kitchener - 519-743-2460


If you are seeking an apprentice or information on tax and training incentives, we can meet with you to develop a training plan and link you and your employee with the local Apprenticeship Office. View our apprenticeship information and call your local office.


Downsizing and Closure Services (Outplacement)

Lutherwood’s qualified team of professionals assists individuals affected by permanent layoffs and closures. Skilled staff will provide the assistance necessary to help individuals prepare for the new economy. Services are available throughout Southwestern Region and are co-ordinated with other employment agencies to ensure capacity.



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