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Governments of Canada and Ontario launch the Canada Job Grant to help Ontarians get jobs

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, today 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. 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.

Quick Facts
  • Ontario employment grew by 27,100 jobs in the second quarter of 2014.
  • On average, private-sector forecasters expect employment in Ontario to grow by 0.8% in 2014 and by 1.3% in 2015. Over the past three years, employment has increased by over 4% in Ontario.
  • In the next 10 years, Canada is expected to need 300,000 new workers in the construction sector, with up to another 150,000 new workers in the petroleum sector and 145,000 new workers in the mining sector needed by 2020.
  • 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.
Quotes
"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 employers' skin in the game, 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."– The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development

"The quality of Ontario's skilled workforce has been and must continue to be our single greatest competitive advantage. That's why we are committed to ensuring that training programs delivered through the Canada–Ontario Job Grant are as employer and client-focused as possible. Working with employers to provide more training to their own employees is crucial."– The Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

"The National Association of Career Colleges is pleased to see that the implementation of the long-awaited Canada Job Grant in Ontario is now taking place. The program will allow employers to create and fill jobs, Ontarians to receive the training they need to be hired and the overall economy to receive a much-needed boost. We congratulate Minister Kenney on his leadership in this file. Thousands of Ontarians will, thanks to his perseverance and vision, be able to get meaningful jobs and change their lives for the better."– Serge Buy, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Career Colleges

"By encouraging businesses to invest more in their employees, these new employer-driven programs are an important step toward improving Ontario's economic competitiveness. The Ontario government has engaged the business community in the design of these programs, and we are pleased that our advice has been taken.‎"Allan O'Dette, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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Canada Job Grant (Ontario)
Canada Job Grant
Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement





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