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Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

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

The grant provides direct financial support to eligible employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses to help deliver short-term training to existing and new employees. The COJG:

·         Provides up to $15,000 for new hires, $10,000 for incumbent employees; in government support per person for training costs.

·        Requires employers to contribute one-third of the total costs. There is additional flexibility for small businesses to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs, and in some cases, 100% of the training for new hires may be covered if the trainee/employer is eligible.      

 ·         Requires that training is delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.


Employer Eligibility Requirements

 An employer must meet the following criteria to qualify:    

·         Be licensed to operate 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        

·         Be able to contribute a minimum of 1/3 of eligible training costs in cash (unless they have 50 or fewer employees)

·         Employ the individual selected for training

·         Be applying for training that is delivered in Ontario and is related to a job that is also located in Ontario

Individual Eligibility Requirements

All individuals must meet the following criteria to qualify:              

·         Be a resident of Ontario

·         Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person    

·         Be one the following:

Ø  Employed individuals must be identified for training by their employer

Ø  Unemployed individuals must also be sponsored by an employer, demonstrated through a permanent or conditional offer of employment

Ø  An individual must not be participating in full-time training or education or any other government training intervention that offers funding support for the same tuition, books or other training related costs.

Training Eligibility Requirements

Training supported through the Canada Ontario Job Grant is driven by employer demand and must be directly related to the skill needs identified by the employer. Therefore, employers identify the types of training required to meet their skill needs and the individual(s) who will be trained.

Training cannot exceed one year in duration and must be provided by one of the following third-party providers:

·         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 (who are not doing operational functionality training)

If you are an employer with a particular skills demand, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you! Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis - please apply directly on their website: 

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Visit either of the Y's Employment Access Centers to learn more:

Central Location
180 Argyle Avenue, 4th Floor (Taggart Family Y)
T: 613 788-5001 F: 613 788-5051

West Location
1642 Merivale Road, 2nd Floor (Merivale Mall)
T: 613 688-2150 F: 613 688-2166


Locations offering this program
Y Employment Access Centre - Isabella Street 
Y Employment Access Centre - Merivale Road