Career-Ready with CTMA

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Up to $3,000-15,000 in Manufacturer Hiring Grants.

The Career-Ready with CTMA program helps close the skilled trades gap in the Machine, Tool, Die, Mould & Automation (MTDMA) sector. Administered by the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association and Mentor Works, the hiring grant supports Ontario’s automotive manufacturing industry by helping employers hire and deliver meaningful work experiences to co-op students, recent graduates, and potential new apprentices.

Manufacturers that contribute to the automotive supply chain can access from $3,000 to $15,000 per candidate hired for skilled manufacturing roles. Funding offsets employment costs over a placement period of 10 weeks to four months.  Multiple consecutive placements are permitted.

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Ready to Apply? Please fill out the form on this page or contact Jamie at jamie@mentorworks.ca or 1-888-599-3111 ext.114.

Career-Ready with CTMA

Amount of Funding

  •  Up to $3,000 per placement for most new hires or up to $5,000 per placement for eligible hires with one or more disabilities.
  • Employers can access incentives to support up to 12 candidates per employer and a maximum of three placements per candidate.
  • Employers can stack these funds with federal programs for up to 100% of employment costs.
Amount of Funding from the Canadian Government

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Eligible Applicants

To qualify for Career-Ready with CTMA funding, employers and their candidates both need to be deemed eligible.

Employer Eligibility

  • Automotive Manufacturers must derive at least 50% of revenues from the automotive supply sector;
  • Advanced Manufacturers must derive at least 30% of revenues from the automotive supply sector;
  • Both of the above can include manufacturers that have shifted to produce medical supplies and equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Must typically operate in the Machine, Tool, Die, Mould & Automation industry;
  • Must operate in Ontario; and
  • Non-CTMA members must have fewer than 1,000 employees and meet other eligibility criteria.

Candidate Eligibility

  • Must be a potential new apprentice, a co-op student (currently enrolled in an Ontario diploma, certificate, or degree program), or a recent graduate from an Ontario publicly-funded post-secondary institution (within 18 months); and
  • Must be an Ontario resident that can legally work in Canada.
Eligible Applicants for Canadian Government Funding

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Eligible Activities

All positions funded through the Career-Ready with CTMA program must:

  • Be full-time and between 10 weeks and four months in duration;
  • Begin no earlier than April 1, 2020 or later than February 1, 2021 (employment can continue after the funding period has ended);
  • Pay candidates at least $14/hour for the duration of the program; and

Eligible employers can apply for funding to support manufacturing-related roles, including:

  • Tool and die manufacturing;
  • Building gauges and fixtures;
  • Machine tool building;
  • Mould making;
  • 3D printing and additive manufacturing;
  • Computer-assisted design (CAD);
  • CNC machining/precision metal working;
  • Robotics and automation;
  • Design/Engineering;
  • CAD/CAM – Computer-assisted design / Computer-assisted manufacturing;
  • Software development; and
  • Advanced cutting tool manufacturing

Career-Ready with CTMA will NOT support non-CTMA member companies whose primary focus is large-scale production stamping, moulding or machining of components, etc.

Eligible Expenses for Canadian Government Funding

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Program Deadline

  •  Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Each placement must be 10 weeks to four months in length. 
  • Employment can continue after the funding period.
Program Deadline for Canadian Government Funding

Apply for Funding Now

Ready to Apply? Please fill out the form on this page or contact Jamie at jamie@mentorworks.ca or 1-888-599-3111 ext.114.