Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) – Grant For Training in Ontario

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

Goal of the program

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The COJG provides direct financial support to individual employers 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.

Eligibility Criteria: Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

  • Must be for-profit business of any size and industry OR non-profit organization acting on behalf of employers (e.g. industry association, union)
  • Must have a job vacancy
  • Must have a current employee or candidate to fill the vacancy
  • Current employee or Candidate must complete the training in order to fill the vacancy OR
  • Current employee must complete the training to improve existing or obtain new skills
  • Current employee or Candidate must be Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) entitled to work in Canada. Temporary workers are not eligible.

Eligible Cost: Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

  • Training (tuition) fees for the skills training that:
    • Is more than 25 hours in length (not applicable for Ontario)
    • Is delivered by an outside training service provider or institution
    • Does not replace or replicate prior training
    • Completed within 52 weeks of the approval date
    • Results in some sort of credential (record of completion, certificate, grade, etc.)
  • Books & training supplies/materials
  • Examination fees
  • Other mandatory training fees, if applicable
  • It is up to employer to select the training institution or educational service provider as long as the one provides a certificate or a record of the completion of the training.

Amount of the Government Grant: Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

  • Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides 1/2 of the training cost up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee for the applicants with more than 100 employees
  • COJG provides 5/6 of the training cost up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee for the applicants with less than 100 employees

Eligibility Timeline

  • Application packages are accepted year-round.
  • Employers should apply for funding in accordance with their expected training start date.

Deadline: For this round of intakes, eligible training must be completed by March 31, 2024.

Review Timeline

  • COJG applications are typically reviewed within three to five weeks.
  • Once approved, companies can start their training and receive reimbursement for costs.

Payment (Contribution) Schedule: Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

  • 85% of the eligible cost is reimbursed after the employer paid for the training and submitted a claim
  • 15% of the eligible cost is reimbursed after the training is completed and the employer submitted a claim.

Selection Criteria

To participate in COJG-funded training programs, all trainees must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
  • Reside in Ontario and complete an Ontario-based training program;
  • Receive sponsorship from an employer (whether currently employed or not); and
  • Not be a participant in any other full-time training or educational programs.

How to Start My Application

Start by verifying your eligibility through our eligibility check form.

Our Focus:

  • Writing Application for Canada-Ontario Job Grant
  • Writing Trainee Registration Forms
  • Assisting in Report / Claim Writing

Examples of the Projects Approved by Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG):

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)Porcupine Engineering Services Inc. is an example of how the Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) program benefits both employers and employees. The company purchased a multi-program suite of three-dimensional software and in 2015 was able access funding through Employment Options Emploi to train eight of its employees on the cutting-edge technology. The three-dimensional training Porcupine Engineering Services Inc. employees received in 2015 marked the second time the company has accessed Canada-Ontario Job Grant funding through Employment Options, and Emblin is hoping they will be able to access funds in 2016 for a third set of training. (Source)

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