Canada-Ontario Job Grant

  • How does the Canada-Ontario Job Grant Work?

    If you are an employer with specific workforce skill needs that can be learned or developed through an existing training program, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant can help. The grant can provide funding to train individuals identified by an employer - this can include current employees or new hires.

    Who pays for the Training?

    Support for an individual's training costs under the Canada-Ontario Job Grant is shared between the government and the employer.

    100% Funding for Unemployed Individuals

    Employers with 50 or fewer employees who are training and hiring unemployed individuals are eligible for up to $15,000 per trainee. These employers are not required to make a minimum contribution to training costs for training funded through the grant.

    Ontario's large employers must contribute 1/3 of eligible training costs per person.

    Eligible training costs include:

    • Tuition or other training provider fees*
    • Textbooks, software and other required materials
    • Mandatory student fees
    • Examination fees
    • Travel costs**

    *Maximum support of textbooks, software and other training materials are $500 for each trainee.

    **Maximum allowable support for travel costs are $500 per trainee. Travel costs are only supported when the distance traveled is in excess of the 24 km each way at the reimbursement rate of $.40/km. The per kilometer rate will apply in cases where the employer does not have a travel cost policy, otherwise travel costs will be supported according to the employer’s policy up to the maximum $500 per trainee.

    Who is Eligible?

    Individual employers and organizations acting on behalf of employers (i.e. industry associations, training coordinators, employer consortia, union halls) in the private and not-for-profit sectors are eligible to apply for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.

    Employers applying for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant must:

    • Contribute to eligible training costs in cash
    • Employ the individual selected for training - if the employer has hired a job seeker to fill a vacancy, the job offer can be conditional upon the completion of training
    • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
    • Be applying for training that is delivered in Ontario (for a job that is also located in Ontario)
    • Maintain appropriate workplace insurance and comply with all applicable federal and provincial labour and human rights legislation

    An employer must not be:

    • A Canada-Ontario Job Grant service provider or an Employment Service provider
    • Receiving other government funds related to training the same individual (i.e. Youth Employment Fund)
    • A broader public sector organization, as defined by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act

    Individuals trained under the grant must:

    • Be residents of Ontario and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
    • Not already be participating in full-time education or training, including participation in any other government training program (i.e. apprenticeship) that offers similar training supports
    • Be sponsored by an employer


    Canada-Ontario Job Grant Questions and Answers for Employers

    Complete an application form

    For assistance completing an application form call Dave Gibbons 519-882-4333 extension 3913 or email Dave.Gibbons@lambtoncollege.ca



    Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant.
    Programs delivered by the Government of Ontario. 

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