Most employers, especially those with small businesses, face budget challenges when contemplating providing professional training for their employees. Cost becomes a barrier when margins are tight. The benefits of training your workforce are clear: providing professional training and skills upgrading for employees not only helps you stay competitive, but can be just as important as compensation in helping to hire, retain and motivate valuable staff who want to keep learning and advancing in their role.
What is the COJG?
The Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG) is a newly launched initiative through the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and the Federal government. COJG supports employer training and helps to bridge employee skill gaps by sharing the costs of training with grants of up to $10,000 per trainee.
From training your team on the latest industry software or equipment, to providing professional development in sales and leadership skills, to earning industry certifications that clientele are demanding, the COJG provides direct financial support for employers. Small, medium and large businesses may choose training options that best meet their company’s needs and can be delivered to existing or new employees. Training is limited to programs of less than one year in length.
How does it work?
The grant is a reimbursement program for employers who purchase training for their workforce. The cost of training is a shared investment between employers and the government, and represents an opportunity for the province to engage more effectively with employers to support Ontario workers in obtaining the skills required to fill and succeed in available jobs.
This is an employer-driven initiative that allows employers to choose
- the training that meets their workforce development needs
- the training provider
- the individuals to be trained
COJG Quick Facts:
- The Government provides up to $10,000 per trainee for training costs.
- Employers must contribute 1/3 of the total costs with some additional flexibility for small businesses to provide in-kind contributions.*
- Training length must be less than one year, and be delivered by eligible, third-party trainers.
- Employers are required to complete an application and submit it online in order for funding to be considered.
Who is Eligible?
Employers who are licensed to operate in Ontario, have adequate third party general liability insurance and comply with the Ontario Health & Safety Act, the Employment Standards Act and all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation, are eligible to apply.
How to Apply:
To apply for COJG click here.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the process, connect with COJG via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centre for Education & Training is your partner for all your employment and training needs. If you are an employer looking to hire we offer FREE programs and services to connect you with the skilled employees that you are looking for. Centre for Education & Training is a not-for–profit agency that delivers various programs for Employment Ontario. We provide services from 6 convenient locations in the GTA. For more information on COJG please contact one of our Application Assistants at: email@example.com.