Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)
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Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

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

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(s) 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. Employment Ontario employer subsidies, etc.)

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 support

Training through COJG is driven by employer demand and must be directly related to the skill need identified 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

For more information, please visit www.ontario.ca/employeetraining or contact staff at the location near you.

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