COJG is a provincial variant of the Canada Job Grant program, which seeks to address specific training needs of employees to further their development and employability.

Eligible applicants may receive up to 66% coverage (up to 83% if the company has <50 employees) of third-party training costs to a maximum $10,000 per trainee. The program helps employers invest in workforce development opportunities that will increase employees’ in-demand skillsets, leading to improved productivity and competitiveness.

To be considered eligible for COJG training grants, both company and trainees must meet the program’s requirements. After reviewing the program’s overview, businesses can determine whether they are eligible to apply to the Canada-Ontario Job Grant program.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant Business and Trainee Eligibility Requirements

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant helps businesses address specific training needs of employees to advance their skills and overall employability. This Ontario government funding program makes it easier for employers to invest in their workforce by reducing a portion of training costs.

To qualify for COJG training grants, employers must ensure that the business and its trainees meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

The program does not restrict applicants based on company revenue, incorporation, employee count, or exporting capabilities. However, COJG funding is only awarded to companies incorporated in Ontario participating in Ontario-based training programs. For businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees, COJG may provide up to 83% of eligible training expenses and employers can claim up to 1/6 of employee payroll costs.

Business Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, applicants must be either a(n):

  • Individual employer (for-profit or non-profit);
  • Industry association;
  • Training coordinator;
  • Employer consortia; or
  • Union hall.

Trainee Eligibility Criteria

Employees included in funded third-party training programs must be:

  • A resident of Ontario;
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person;
  • A new hire sponsored by the employer through a permanent or conditional offer of employment;
  • Not currently participating in any other full-time training or education (secondary or post-secondary); and
  • Not a major shareholder in the company.

Employers can apply for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant every 6 months as long as previously-funded training programs are complete.

Training Topics Eligible to Receive COJG Workforce Development Grants

Employers must take proactive measures to ensure their employees are well-trained. By investing in workforce training and development, businesses can increase their productivity leading to improved market competitiveness.

It’s important to note that the Canada-Ontario Job Grant does not recognize all training programs. In-house training does not qualify for COJG small business grants.

Employees must receive third-party training that is administered through certified training providers or post-secondary education courses.

Training Program Outcomes

To develop a competitive COJG application that demonstrates the value of training provided, it’s recommended all programs result in:

  • Advancement of the employee’s role/job title;
  • Increased wages/salaries for trainees;
  • New jobs created; and/or
  • The avoidance of layoffs.

Types of Common COJG Training Programs

Training grants may be used to offset third party training programs, including (but not limited to):

  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP) system implementation;
  • Lean manufacturing and six sigma initiatives;
  • Computer aided design (CAD) and other business software tools;
  • Customer service; and
  • Management and leadership development.

Eligible Expenses Covered by COJG Training Grants

The Canada Ontario Job Grant will provide up to 66%-83% of eligible training costs to maximum contribution of $10,000 per trainee.

COJG training grants will offset a portion of expenses, such as:

  • Third-party trainer fees;
  • Tuition, student, and examination fees;
  • Textbooks and course materials; and
  • Training-related software.

Ineligible Expenses

  • In-house training programs; and
  • Training programs performed outside of Ontario.

Apply for COJG Small Business Training Grants

Businesses may apply for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant every 6 months, as long as the past training project is complete. If your organization would like to confirm its eligibility for the program, please contact Mentor Works.

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