Ontario and the Government of Canada recently announced a comprehensive new fund to boost workplace skills, productivity and competitiveness across Canada.  

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides direct financial support for employers - small, medium and large businesses to deliver short –term training to existing and new employees. 
This grant program allows employers to choose both the training that meets their workforce development needs and the individuals to be trained. 
COJG is a shared investment between employers and the government. Up to $10,000 grant per person trained may be available to employers to re-skill employees in Ontario and bridging skills gaps. 
Review a list of the approved training options available through OTEC now, or contact an OTEC consultant to discuss a customized training solution for your business and get support with your funding applications. 

COJG Quick Facts:

  1. The Government provides up to $10,000 per person for training costs.
  2. Employers must contribute 1/3 of the total costs with some additional flexibility for small businesses to provide in-kind contributions.*
  3. Training must be less than 1 year, and be delivered by an eligible, third party trainer.
  4. Employers are required to complete an application and submit it on-line in order for funding to be considered.

COJG Updated Information:

In May 2015, changes were made to the Canada-Ontario Job Grant employer application assessments as a result of increased demand for government funded-training. Employers are now encouraged to focus on submitting training applications for:

1.  New or better jobs (includes retaining employees who have received a formal notice of layoff)
2.  Training programs and courses that are over $500 and longer than 1 week (25 hours)
3.  New intiatives (applications that have not been submitted in the last 6 months)

COJG applications are now ranked into Tiers 1-3 based on eligibility. Use the Assessment Tool Pathway below to determine which Tier your training program falls into to save time and money.

OTEC has a range of training programs designed to help YOUR new employees or current employees looking to upgrade their positions, develop their skills. Now that you’ve idenfitied your training tier, review OTEC’s Canada-Ontario Job Grant training brochure to learn what types of training you qualify for.

Click here to download OTEC`s brochure for Canada-Ontario Job Grant:

Click here to download application:

Click here for Questions and Answers for Employers:

*Employers with 50 or fewer employees are required to contribute a minimum of 1/3 towards the training costs of each individual participating in training funded through COJG. A minimum of one-half of their one-third must be in cash and applied towards eligible training costs. The remainder can be made in-kind through wages paid to individuals while they participate in training. COJG will cover the remaining contribution up to a maximum of 10,000 per employee trained. Employers with 50 or more employees are required to contribute a minimum of 1/3 of training costs in cash.