Phil's Editorials
Governments of Canada and Ontario launch the Canada Job Grant

December 01, 2014

Recently, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced that Ontario is now accepting employer applications for the Canada Job Grant and are encouraging employers to apply.

The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. It is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. By requiring employers to put more skin in the game, the Canada Job Grant will result in training that leads to guaranteed jobs.

The Canada Job Grant will provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions. By providing the right mix of in-class training and on-the-job experience through organizations like career colleges, graduates will have the skills employers need.

Effective immediately, employers in Ontario can apply for the Canada Job Grant by visiting the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ website: www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/employers/jobGrant.html. The Ontario Government is also launching Expressions of Interest for two pilot projects to test new approaches to employer-driven training. Employers interested in participating in these pilot projects should also contact the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. The Canada Job Grant is part of our commitment to address the paradox of too many Canadians without jobs in an economy of too many jobs without Canadians. With the employers' vested interest, the Canada Job Grant will lead to a guaranteed job. Helping employers train Canadians for jobs that need to be filled will help their businesses grow and succeed, and will help workers in Ontario get jobs. That is good news for the Ontario economy.

For further information about the Canada Job Grant please visit: http://www.esdc.gc.ca or contact my office at 519-754-4300.