The objective of the grant is to support workforce development and encourage greater employer involvement in training through cost-sharing arrangements to train individuals.

Through employer-led skills training, the grant also provides individuals with the skills necessary to maintain employment and advance their careers.
Skills training is intended for employed individuals acquiring new skills for their current job or in preparation for another job with the same employer and unemployed individuals starting a new job.

Building on the overall objective of the grant, the province also has the following strategic priorities for how the Grant is utilized with employers and individuals.

  1. Supporting Unemployed Individuals: Employers willing to hire and train unemployed individuals to fill their job vacancies.
  2. Supporting Job Creation: Employers use the grant to support expansion of their workforces
  3. Increased Job Quality: The grant supports permanent, sustainable full-time jobs
  4. Job Advancement: The grant enables incumbent workers to remain in their current position or for incumbent workers to take a new position, within the business, that offer greater responsibilities and/or rates of pay.

Program Details


  • The eligible training costs do not exceed a maximum of $10 000, per participant. The maximum of $10 000, per participant, does not include reimbursement to employer in-kind contribution, if applicable;
  • Employers provide cash and in-kind contributions towards training costs as follows:
    • Employers, with fifty (50) or Fewer Employees
    • Employers, with fifty (50) or fewer employees will contribute:
    • Incumbent Workers
  • A minimum of one-third of the training costs of each individual participating in training funded through the grant OR
  • A minimum of one-half of their 1/3 contribution must be in cash and applied towards eligible training costs, with the remainder of the employer’s contribution made in-kind, through wages paid to participants during training.
  • Training costs are also eligible, under section H of the guidelines – with examples provided


  • Encourages employers to invest in the skills of jobseekers and employees.
  • Employers choose the training that meets their workforce needs and identify who they would like trained.
  • The government will provide up to two-thirds (2/3) of the total eligible training costs.
  • Up to $10,000, per trainee.


The program is offered year-round.

Please see the COJG Guidelines for further information: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/

Employers, Sponsors & Training Partners

Eligible Employers

  • Individual private and not-for-profit sector employers.
  • First Nations band councils.
  • Organizations acting on behalf of employers, including union training halls, industry associations, training coordinators, and other employer consortia.
  • Eligibility criteria apply to all employers, regardless of whether they are training one or multiple individuals.

GREAT will ensure that employers:

  • Make appropriate contributions towards training costs, as described in Section 8 of this Schedule.
  • Employ the individual selected for training. If the employer has hired an unemployed individual to fill a vacancy, the offer of employment can be conditional, upon the individual having completed training and subject to the employer’s regular probationary period.
  • Are licensed to operate in Ontario.
  • Are 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 as set out in the Guidelines.
  • Have adequate third-party general liability insurance as advised by their insurance broker.
  • Comply with all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards.

GREAT will ensure that an employer is not:

  • A federal, provincial or municipal government and/or agency.
  • A broader public sector organization, as defined by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act.
  • A district social services administration board established under the District Social Services Administration Boards Act.
  • A Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) service provider or an Employment Service provider.
  • Currently in receipt of other government funds related to the same skills training for the same individual (for example, Employment Service or Youth Job Connection Job Placements).
  • Using training participants to displace existing staff or replace staff who are on lay-off.
  • Further information on individual suitability and eligible training providers, is located in the COJG Guidelines

To inquire about this program, please contact Jerrica Thomas-Hill at jerrica.thomas-hill@greatsn.com!