They say nothing happens until a sale is made – and it looks like the Canadian government knows that this is exactly what is needed for the continued growth of its businesses and the economy.
In 2014, the Canadian government launched the Canada Job Grant (CJG) program which provides funding to employers who are willing to invest in their people.
The CJG program earmarks $194 million annually to the training and education of employees in the workforce.
You may be skeptical as to why the government would offer such advantageous assistance. Here’s what the Canadian government has to say:
“Ontario’s workforce is our most valuable asset. As new technologies, globalization and shifting demographics rapidly change Ontario’s economy, they alter the mix of available jobs and the skills people need to succeed in them. By building up education and training, we can maintain Ontario’s competitive advantage, helping businesses and workers adapt to change and achieve their goals.”
Here’s an overview of the CJG program and how to put it to work for you to give you that competitive edge:
•Employers can get up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
•The training has to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer (in-house training provided by your own company or trainers is ineligible).
•Acceptable third-party trainers are community or career colleges, trade union centres or private trainers (such as the training Teneo offers).
•Employers with 100 or more employees need to contribute 1/2 of the training costs. Employers with less than 100 employees need to contribute 1/6 of the training costs.
•You can apply for training now with the training to be completed within one year of government approval.
• Any teams are eligible, with a preference for Tier 1 level. Tier 1 is defined as any training which will result in a new or better job and is the first approved application for that employer in the last 6 months.
• The training costs covered by the CJG program include tuition or training providers’ fees, mandatory student fees, required materials such as textbooks and software, and examination fees.
• Training should be directed at improving business function in the areas of customer service, project management, strategic planning, general management, leadership and sales, and marketing.
• Training can take place in a variety of settings including a classroom, at the workplace, or online.