What is the Canada Ontario Job Grant

Canada Ontario Job Grant


The Canada – Ontario Job Grant (COJG) offers a range of skills training services to employers and individuals. The objective is to support workforce development and encourage greater employer involvement in training through cost sharing arrangements to train individuals. In this grant subsidized program, employers choose the individuals receiving training and the training that meets their workforce development needs. This program helps employers support their trainees (including existing employees and new hires) to develop skills they need to find and maintain employment.


How much funding is an employer eligible to receive through COJG?

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant supports eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee, with additional flexibility for small employers. The program is a cost-share between the employer and the Minstry. For employers with over 50 employees the Ministry will cover 2/3rd the cost of the training. For employers with less than 50 employees , an employer may be eligible for In Kind where the Ministry will cover 5/6 th of the cost of the training.

Moreover, small employers (less than 50 employees) who are training and hiring unemployed individuals may be eligible for 100% funding and up to $15,000 per trainee. The 100% funding eligibility will be automatically assessed by the ministry staff or service provider responsible for assessing the application.

Eligible training costs are as follows:

  • Tuition or other reasonable training provider fees
  • Textbooks, software and other required materials such as;training clothing, tools, equipment and disability supports (Maximum support is $500 for each trainee)
    • Other required materials cannot be the price of new equipment or the combination cost of training and new equipment.
  • Mandatory student fees
  • Examination fees
  • Travel costs (Maximum support is $500 per trainee and is only supported if the trainee is travelling over 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.


Employer Eligibility
Which employers are eligible for the COJG?

Individual private and not-for-profit sector employers, First Nations and organizations acting on behalf of employers (including union training halls, industry associations, training coordinators and other employer consortiums that meet the requirements below) are eligible to apply for the grant. Eligibility criteria apply to all employers regardless of whether they are training one or multiple individuals.

An employer must:

  • make minimum cash and in-kind contributions towards training costs
  • employ the individual selected for training. Higher priority is given to employers who are training and hiring unemployed individuals. 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 probationary period
  • 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.


Training Eligibility
What kind of training is and is not covered by the grant?

Employers choose the training they wish to purchase to meet their workforce development needs.

Eligible Training

  • Training must be provided by one of the following:
    • Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
    • Publicly-assisted universities
    • School boards
    • Private trainers operating in compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
    • Union-based training centres
    • Product vendors*
      • Product vendors are ineligible to deliver training on how to use the product of service.
      • Product vendors are only eligible to deliver training that is unrelated to the use of the product or service.
      • For the purpose of the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, product vendor training is defined as any training where the vendor is involved in the creation/sale of the product and is also conducting the training. “Product” refers to business-related materials purchased by the employer.

Ineligible Training

  • The ministry will not provide COJG funding to an employer for training the employer must provide according to law
  • Product vendors are ineligible to deliver training on how to use the product or service.
  • Executive training courses (specifically MBA, CFA)
  • Preparatory training courses (specifically LSAT, MCAT,GMAT)
  • Business Consulting services
  • Attending conferences
  • Business owners, including individuals with a controlling interest in corporations, are not eligible as trainees.
  • Training requests for trainees who are in senior management positions with large organizations (over 500 employees) are ineligible for COJG funding.
    • Trainees who are managers at small and medium employers (less than 500 employees) are still eligible for COJG funding
    • Senior Manager positions are defined by the 2016 National Occupational Code (NOC); the positions with NOC “00” Senior Management Occupations are ineligible.


Program Information & Resources

Overview of Canada Job Grant:



Employers Questions & Answers:



Online Application:





NEW's knowledgeable team are happy to guide employers through the COJG application process to support the training of current or new employees who are eligible for funding. 

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