Canada-Ontario Job Grant

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Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant Programs delivered by the Government of Ontario.

Supercharge your corporate workforce and reignite your team through Mohawk College Enterprise (MCE), Community Employment Services and the Canada-Ontario Job Grant training initiative.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have jointly invested in a program to support employer training needs. The Canada-Ontario Job Grant program provides direct financial support to employers to purchase training for their employees.

Increase your competitive advantage by:

  • Reducing training costs by 66% for new and existing employees
  • Upskilling your existing workforce to enhance productivity

Your workforce is your most valuable asset in ensuring business competitiveness. Meet your needs by upskilling your current workforce, or train to hire, with support from the Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG). The COJG can cover 2/3 of your training costs at up to $10,000 per employee, and is available to small, medium, and large businesses across Ontario.

What is COJG?

  • Provides direct financial support for existing workers and new hires to be trained by providing up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs. The cost of training is a shared investment between employers and the government.
  • The training agreement cannot exceed one year in duration. Training can start any time throughout the year.
  • 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 supported through the grant focuses on occupation-specific skills that address more immediate gaps or needs identified by an employer.
  • There is no income support for trainees under the COJG. It is up to the employer whether the individual will be paid while in training.
  • An employer must not use training participants to displace existing staff or replace staff who are on lay-off.

Employer Eligibility

  • Make minimum cash 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.
  • 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
  • Comply with all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards.
  • Broader public sector organizations or Canada-Ontario Job Grant service providers aren't eligible. Also, you can't apply if you're already receiving government funding to train the same worker.

Program Funding

  • Government covers up to 2/3 of direct training costs up to $10, 000 per trainee
  • Employers with more than 50 Employees: employers cover a minimum of 1/3 of direct training costs in cash.
  • Employers with less than 50 Employees: have the option to contribute 50% of their required contribution through wages.
  • A minimum of 50% of the 1/3 of their contribution must be in cash and applied towards eligible training costs. The remaining 50% contribution can be made in kind wages paid to the individual.
  • An employer may apply for the Grant more than once, as long as they continue to meet the employer eligibility criteria in the guidelines and have been successful in previous participation.
  • 350M in total has been allocated to the province. 192M is annual allocation for next 3-5 years

Program Delivery

  • The program will be delivered in 2 streams by number of participants
  • For the 25 participants and under stream the ministry will contact with service provider to deliver the program to employers
  • For over 25 participants the ministry will administer the delivery of the program directly to employers

3 Categories of Training

Career or Development Training: This type of training is designed to upgrade the knowledge, skills, and ability of employees to help them assume greater responsibility in higher positions.

Maintenance and Refresher Skills Training: This training is offered to update and maintain the specialized subject-matter knowledge of the specialists, administrators, subject-matter officers, extension supervisors, and frontline workers.

Essential skills: (such as reading, writing and numeracy)


Application Timeline

  • As of the launch date, the application form will be available online at Canada-Ontario Job Grant (opens new window) and employers may fill out applications for funding.
  • Employers can submit applications beginning in fall 2014. Decisions will be made beginning in fall 2014.
  • Completed employer applications for over 25 training participants and ALL consortium applications must be submitted to the appropriate ministry office.
  • For completed applications for 25 or fewer participants, applications will be submitted to a COJG service provider.
  • There are instructions on the application form as to where to submit your postal code in order to select the appropriate service provider.

Who can I call for assistance?

  • Speak with Mohawk College Enterprise (MCE) to see how we can help your business thrive
  • Call 905-575-2534 or toll-free 1-877-269-1422

A sample of training programs and courses that are eligible for COJG funding include:

  • Future Ready Leadership
  • Creating Amazing Customer Service
  • Project Management
  • Computer Courses
  • Sales Techniques & Strategies

MCE can assist employers in designing and developing COJG-eligible customized training.

Still have questions? Talk to us first

Contact Mohawk College Enterprise (MCE) to see how we can help your business thrive

Have everything you need and are ready to move forward?

Contact Community Employment Services for assistance in preparing your application and support throughout this process

“Creating jobs, growing our economy and supporting the skills needs of [Ontario’s] workers are critical. Ontario is happy to have found practical solutions that meet the needs of Ontarians.”

Honourable Brad Duguid,
Ontario Minister of TCU

“We were very pleased and thankful when Mohawk informed us that we could recoup some of our training costs via the Canada-Ontario Job Grant … the grant process was as easy as completing and submitting a form. Mohawk’s Community Employment Services guided us every step of the way and provided responsive service in receiving the grant.”

Jenny Grosvenor
Employee Development Administrator
Taylor Steel Inc.