Employers can give their staff the gift of training this holiday season at one-third of the cost. The Canada-Ontario Job Grant program offers a cost-sharing subsidy for training to encourage employers to invest in their workforce. The grant covers two-thirds of training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per employee. The employer pays the remaining one-third of the cost however companies with with 50 or fewer employees can pay half of their one-third contribution in cash and the remainder through in-kind wages paid to the individual.
The Centre for Skills Development & Training (The Centre) is one of the local fund administrators delivering the program. “It’s a really good news story for employers”, said Nancy Moore, Manager of Employment Services. “This is a significant investment by government to support businesses.”
Training must be provided by an eligible provider such as colleges, universities, training facilities and school boards. The Centre is an eligible provider and offers a number of training opportunities including skilled trades and leadership development courses.
“Employers can apply for the grant to train their current staff or their new hires”, said Moore. “As long as there is a job available upon completion of an individual’s training, employers can access the subsidy as a catalyst to not just invest but grow their workforce.”
Employers looking for new staff can access free services through The Centre including candidate prescreening and information on hiring incentives.
Information about the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, application process and The Centre’s training opportunities is available at: thecentre.on.ca/employers/job-grant or by calling 905-333-3499 x 147.
The Centre for Skills Development & Training is a not-for-profit incorporated affiliate of the Halton District School Board with locations across Halton and in Mississauga. The Centre helps people at all stages of life get on a path to career success—from youth just starting out, to older workers who have been laid off; from newcomers to Canada who need to improve their workplace English, to people interested in the trades who need to build their technical skills; and from small business owners looking to hire staff, to large companies who need help developing and transitioning their workforce. Learn more at thecentre.on.ca.
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For further information, please contact:
Nancy Moore, Manager
Employment Services & Skilled Trades
Alex Fuller, Manager
Marketing and Communications