Update on Canada Job Grants

Are you implementing a new computer software system, upgrading equipment or adding machinery to provide new capabilities? If these, or any other skills-upgrading training is in your future, there may be funding available through the Canada Jobs Grants program. The Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), through the provincial and territorial governments, provides employers with up to $300,000 in funding to assist employers in providing skills training to current and new employees. While each province and territory is responsible for the design and delivery of the program within its jurisdiction, the basic funding formulae across the country are similar. These include:

Program Requirements
Eligible employers must contribute a minimum of one-third of the total training costs for current employees. Government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee per fiscal year. If hiring and training an unemployed Canadian citizen or permanent resident, up to 100% of training costs could be covered – up to $15,000 per trainee. The trainee must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and at the end of the training, the employer must provide a job for all participants. Your print business must be licensed for at least one year to apply for this program and there may be exceptions in your jurisdiction. For current employees, the purpose of training should be to upgrade their skills so they may move up to a better job, or meet employer needs in the workplace. Training must be led by third-party trainers, not existing employees.

Eligible Costs

While there are variations in eligible costs, the following should be eligible for funding under this program: tuition fees or instructional fees charged by the training provider; mandatory student fees; examination fees; textbooks or software; and travel costs for remote-locale employees.

Training Delivery

Training can be delivered at the workplace, online, or in a classroom or training facility, and must be provided by an approved third-party trainer. This could include post-secondary institutions; private vocational institutions; sector councils; and industry associations. Employers may propose other organizations for consideration to deliver the training. Examples include equipment manufacturers, software developers and private trainers (i.e. consultants) – but only if they have the applicable curriculum available or curriculum-development expertise, specialized equipment and materials required for training, or qualified trainers (credentials and/or experience).

Application Evaluation

This is not a first-come-first-served program. Each training application will be evaluated on its specific merits. To quote from the Manitoba Grant Factsheet: “To assist in making fair and objective assessments of grant applications, Manitoba considers factors such as the number of net new jobs created, the type of job of the trainee (full time, seasonal, etc.), the type of training (technical skills, regulatory training, etc.). Employers may apply for any number of grants, but preference may be given to employers who have not previously received a grant.”

In most jurisdictions, these programs are available year-round, and employers can continue to apply on a year-by-year basis for new funding. As we are dealing with federal funding, years begin in April and end in March.

Here is a link to program specifics for every province and territory in Canada

Funding for the Canada Job Grant program is scheduled to go through until the 2020 fiscal year. As mentioned previously, this program is not first-come, first-served and your application will be evaluated solely on its merits. So make sure you have a clearly explained training program when you submit your application.


Elliot Schiller is a Director at Toronto’s Teeger Schiller Inc., a firm specializing in government funding and systems selection/implementation. His clients receive over $5 M annually to support ongoing business innovation. E-mail eschiller@teegerschiller.com, visit www.FundingHelp.ca or phone 1-888-816-0222 Ext. 102