COJG | Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Get help training your employees.

Your business may be eligible to receive government funding to help you train new and existing employees.

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

COJG Overview

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver training to existing and new employees.

  • Government covers 2/3 of direct training costs up to $10,000 per trainee.
  • Employer (more than 50 employees) covers a minimum of 1/3 of direct training costs in cash.
  • Small or medium-sized employer (50 employees or less) have the option to contribute 50% of their required contribution through wages.


Training supported by the grant is driven by employer demand and must be directly related to the skills needs identified by the employer. Employers identify the types of training required to meet their skills needs and the individual(s) who will be trained. Training that employers are legally required to provide is not eligible for funding under COJG.

Training must not exceed one year in duration, and must occur in Ontario (or delivered online) and 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

COJG Eligibility for Employers

Employers meeting basic eligibility requirements outlined below are not guaranteed funding. The Ministry and/or service provider will apply assessment criteria in the ranking and approval of employer applications according to budget availability and the program’s strategic priorities.

An Employer Must:

  • Contribute a minimum of 1/3 of eligible training costs in cash (unless they are a small/medium employer with 50 or fewer employees);
  • Employ the individual selected for training;
  • 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.

An Employer Must Not:

  • Be a federal, provincial or municipal government and/or agency;
  • Be a broader public sector organization, as defined by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act;
  • Be a Canada-Ontario Job Grant Service Provider;
  • Be currently in receipt of other government funds related to the same skills training for the same individual (e.g., Employment Service or Youth Job Connection Job Placements or other training interventions such as Second Career);
  • Use training participants to displace existing staff or replace staff who are on lay-off;
  • Apply for funding for training that has already started.

Get More Information

Contact any of our three offices and ask to speak to a Job Developer about your company’s eligibility for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.

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