An exciting new opportunity has been launched to help local Peterborough businesses with training for their staff. The governments of Canada and Ontario have launched the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, a new employer-driven skills training program.
The Job Grant will provide direct financial support for employers (up to $10,000 per person) who wish to purchase training for their workforce. In this grant program, employers choose the individuals they would like to have trained, and the training that meets their workforce development needs.
“Creating jobs, growing our economy and supporting the skills needs of our most vulnerable workers are critical,” says Brad Duguid, former Minister of Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and current Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. “Ontario is happy to have found practical solutions that meet the needs of Ontarians.”
How it works
In order to participate in the program, employers will be required to contribute a portion and the program will fund 2/3 of the total costs of training (up to $10,000). Small businesses will benefit from flexible arrangements, such as the potential to count wages as part of their employer contribution.
Eligible training under the Job Grant can be provided in a classroom, on-site at a workplace, or online, as long as it is provided by an eligible third-party trainer, such as a community college, career college, trade union centre, and/or private trainer. Approved training can be a maximum of 52 weeks in length
The training is intended for employed individuals acquiring new skills for their current job, or to prepare for another job with the same employer, and for unemployed individuals seeking a new job. The employer must have a job available at the end of the training for the individual being trained.
How to apply
Employers must apply online for funding, and submit it to a regional service provider of their choice.
In the County of Peterborough and the City of Peterborough the service providers are; Employment Planning & Counselling, Fleming C.R.E.W., Employment & Resource Centre, and Northern Lights Canada – Peterborough Employment Services Centre. For groups of 25 or more the applications are submitted directly to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Applications will be reviewed on a continual basis and employers will be notified as soon as a decision has made.
To apply for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant and learn more about the training pilots, employers should visit the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website at: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/index.html