Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers, individually or in groups, to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.
The Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their workforce.
- Employers choose the individuals they would like to have trained, and the training that meets their workforce development needs
It is delivered through cost-sharing agreements between individual employers and government:
- Large employers (100 or more employees) pay at least 1/2 of direct training costs. Note that there is additional flexibility for small employers (fewer than 100 employees) to contribute 1/6 of eligible training costs.
- For large employers, Government covers 1/2 of direct training costs, up to $10,000 per trainee. Small employers who are training and hiring unemployed individuals may be eligible for 100% funding and up to $15,000 per trainee. The applications with “New Hire” trainees will be automatically assessed for 100% funding.
- The maximum support for textbooks, software and other training materials are $500 for each trainee.
- The maximum allowable support for travel costs are $500 per trainee and is only supported when the distance travelled is greater than 24 km each way.
- If the employer has a travel costs policy, travel costs will be supported according to the employer’s policy up to the maximum $500 per trainee.
An employer must:
- Contribute a minimum of half of eligible training costs in cash (unless they are a small employer with fewer than 100 employees);
- Employ the individual selected for training;
- 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 as advised by its insurance broker;
- Comply with all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards.
For additional information:
- COJG Employer and Training Provider Information Sheet
- Questions and Answers for Employers
- Employer Overview Presentation 2019-2020 Guidelines
Click on this link to find out more about the Canada Ontario Job Grant and apply directly to the program.
If you are interested in COJG and would like to speak with someone about the program, please contact Lisa Griffin, our Employer Services Professional at (705) 424-6335 ext. 404