Canada Ontario Job Grant Stops Funding Equipment and Software Vendor Training
Less Training is Eligible for Program Support
Effective April 1st, 2017, the Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG) will no longer provide funding for vendor training. Whereas vendor training was previously supported it is now part of the list of ineligible activities which includes professional certification such as executive training courses (MBA, CFA), preparatory training courses (LSAT, MCAT, GMAT), business consulting services, and attending conferences.
The Canada Ontario Job Grant will contribute 2/3rds of out-of-pocket costs towards employee training to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee per training course. Funding is available for training existing as well as new employees in:
- Career or Development Instruction: upgrade the knowledge, skills, and ability of employees to help them assume greater responsibility in higher positions e.g. technical skills development, enrollment in a university or college course.
- Maintenance and Refresher Skills: update and sustain the specialized subject-matter knowledge of trainees the beneficiaries. Maintenance or refresher training usually deals with new information and new methods, as well as review of older materials e.g. equipment, quality assurance, HACCP, GSFI training.
- Essential Skills: skills needed for work, learning and life e.g. ESL, reading, writing, ESL numeracy.
Eligible training costs include instruction/tuition fees, instructional materials and tools expenditures as well as certification and examination expenses. Training must be delivered by a for-profit training company, a public university, college or school, or a government recognized unionized or private training institution. For companies with 50 or fewer employees, 50% of the applicant 1/3rd contribution can be wages of employees while being trained. Expenses such as instruction provided by applicant employees or owners, as well as trainee wages and other internal costs are not eligible for funding. There is no limit on the amount of funding requested or the frequency and number of applications, which can be made. However, funding will only be awarded for instruction given by one trainer over a period of one year or less.
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