Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC)
Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC)
Canada Ontario Job Grant
Posted: Jan 30, 2015


What the Fund Offers

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

The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, and will provide up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.

Financial Contribution

  • The Government covers 2/3 of direct training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per employee.
  • Employers with over 50 employees are required to make minimum one-third cash contributions towards eligible training costs
  • Employers with 50 or fewer employees  may be eligible for 100% funding and up to $15,000 per trainee. 

Employer Eligibility

Individual private and not-for-profit sector employers, First Nation bands councils and organizations acting on behalf of employers, including union training halls, industry associations, training coordinators and other employer consortia that meet the requirements below are eligible to apply for a 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. 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

An employer must not:

  • Be a federal, provincial or municipal government and/or agency
  • Be a designated broader public sector organization, as defined by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act
  • Be district social services administration boards established under the District Social Services Administration Boards Act, notwithstanding their exclusion under the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act
  • Be a Canada-Ontario Job Grant Service Provider, or an Employment Service provider
  • Be currently in receipt of  other government funds related to the same skills training for the same individual
  • Use training participants to displace existing staff or replace staff who are on lay-off

Eligible Candidates

All people who are residents of Ontario and either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and meet the eligibility requirements below are eligible to participate in training funded through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Employed individuals must be identified by their employer
  • Unemployed individuals must also be sponsored by an employer, demonstrated through a permanent or conditional offer of employment
  • An individual must not be participating in full-time training or education or any other government training intervention that offers funding support for same tuition, books or other training related costs

Eligible Trainers

Training must not 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
  • Product vendors with manufacturer-recognized training certifications
  • Union-based training centres

Application Process

To access the application, click on the link:

Employers can visit the website, download and complete the application and then save it to their computer. Once the application is completed, the employer returns to the website, browses for the application saved on their computer and follows the steps on the site to attach and submit. Employers with applications to train 25 or under employees will select a service provider (Sault College Employment Solutions). Employers with applications to train over 25 employees will select the regional ministry office to submit the application. Employers are required to fill out one application for each type of training they wish to complete.

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