Workforce Development Funding and Resources

A business is only as strong as its team. If you are planning on expanding or developing your workforce, there are Canadian government grants for small business recruitment activities to ensure they have qualified workers and the requisite skills and capabilities to support ongoing and future business plans. Funding programs can help organizations hire or retrain staff, improve their effectiveness and train their staff in new areas such as advanced technologies or operational processes.

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Hiring Grants for Canadian Businesses

Hiring grants and wage subsidies are available to support businesses across Canada. Explore hiring incentives below to learn more about programs your business could potentially use.

Government Funding Program Description Region(s) Supported
Canada Summer Jobs Canada Summer Jobs offers support for employers providing supervised career-related work experience for youth employees aged 15-30.

  • Provides businesses up to 50% of provincial minimum wage; non-profits up to 100%
Canada-wide
Connect Canada Internship Connect Canada supports the hiring of a research intern to tap into their skillset and solve an R&D problem over a 4-6 month project.

  • Interns receive $10,000 as a research stipend – $5,000 from the partnership company, $5,000 from Connect Canada
Canada-wide
Export Manager Program The Export Manager Program (formerly Ontario Exporters Fund) supports hiring experienced talent to help develop your company’s international revenue streams.

  • Provides business grants of up to $40,000 per year for a maximum two years
Ontario
Industry Commercialization Associates Program Alberta Innovates’ Industry Commercialization Associates Program offsets a portion of costs related to hiring an associate to perform technical commercialization activities.

  • Contribution is a monthly stipend plus an annual Expense Allowance of up to $7,000 to cover a portion of non-salary costs incurred by the researcher
 Alberta
Industry R&D Associates Program Alberta Innovates’ Industry R&D Associates Program offsets a portion of costs related to hiring an associate to perform technical research and development activities.

  • Contribution is a monthly stipend plus an annual Expense Allowance of up to $7,000 to cover a portion of non-salary costs incurred by the researcher
Alberta
Mitacs Accelerate Mitacs Accelerate supports business research-related challenges. It covers a portion of costs for 4-month internships where graduate students spend 50% of time on-site with the SME and 50% of time at a post-secondary institution.

  • Provides up to 50% of researcher stipends to a maximum $7,500 per internship unit
Canada-wide
Northern Ontario Internship Program The Northern Ontario Internship Program supports employers that provide 52-week internships to recent post-secondary graduates.

  • Provides up to 50% of wage to a maximum of $31,500 (for-profit employers) and up to 90% of wage to a maximum of $31,500 (non-profit employers)
Northern Ontario
TECTERRA HIRE TECTERRA HIRE supports the employment of highly-qualified technical and business personnel. The new hire will be a key technical resource to contribute to the success of the development/commercialization of a new geomatics technology.

  • Provides up to 50% of the new hire’s salary to a maximum $50,000
Alberta
Youth Employment Program (IRAP) The NRC-IRAP Youth Employment Program is designed to assist the hiring young Canadian post-secondary graduates. Graduate(s) can be applied to most areas from business development to technical to customer service/administration.

  • Provides up to $30,000 per graduate (up to two) for a period of 6 to 12 months
Canada-wide

Training Grants for Canadian Employers

Training grants are available to support businesses across Canada. Explore the training incentives below to learn more about programs your business could potentially use.

Government Funding Program Description Region(s) Supported
B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG) British Columbia’s provincial variant of the Canada Job Grant, the Employer Training Grant (ETG) assists employers to provide in-demand skills training to a group of employees.

  • Provides up to 66% of training costs to a maximum $10,000 per trainee
British Columbia
Canada Job Grant (CJG) The Canada Job Grant is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative designed to reduce the costs of providing third-party skills training. Its streams of funding are targeted at each province and territory; each stream maintains unique funding contributions and eligibility criteria depending on the region’s specific training needs.

  • Typically provides 50-66% of training costs to a maximum $10,000 per trainee; some provincial variants can provide up to 83-100% of costs
Canada-wide
Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) Alberta’s provincial variant of the Canada Job Grant, the Canada-Alberta Job Grant assists employers to provide in-demand skills training to a group of employees.

  • Provides up to 66% of training costs to a maximum $10,000 per trainee
Alberta
Canada-Manitoba Job Grant (CMJG) Manitoba’s provincial variant of the Canada Job Grant, the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant assists employers to provide in-demand skills training to a group of employees.

  • Provides up to 66% of training costs to a maximum $10,000 per trainee
Manitoba
Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) Ontario’s provincial variant of the Canada Job Grant, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant assists employers to provide in-demand skills training to a group of employees.

  • Provides up to 50-83% of eligible training costs
Ontario
FedDev Ontario Training Program (FOTP) The FedDev Ontario Training Program is uniquely positioned towards Ontario-based manufacturers. Training can be led internally or through third-party trainers to advance skills and improve productivity.

  • Provides non-repayable contributions (grants) of up to 50% of training costs to a maximum $100,000
Ontario

Hiring Resources for Canadian Employers

Hiring employees can help your business grow to new heights. Regardless of the scale of your hiring efforts, increasing your workforce can lead to significant benefits to organizations profitability and agility. As more employers experience skills shortages on their team, developing and instating an “always hiring” mindset can help your business continuously attract top talent.

What types of employees are you seeking? Find resources to support your upcoming hiring projects by choosing one of the following options:

Canadian Government Funding to Hire Summer StudentsCanadian Government Funding to Hire Student InternsCanadian Government Funding to Hire Recent GraduatesCanadian Government Funding to Hire Seasoned Professionals

Hiring Summer Students

Canadian Hiring Grants for Summer Students

Summer students are a great source of temporary labour. Positions typically last for six to 16 weeks and are meant to provide the youth hire with valuable job experiences. These types of roles often provide hires with an hourly wage, of which government funding offsets a portion of those employment costs. Explore the following resources to develop a strategic plan for hiring summer students:

Hiring Student Interns

Student interns can become a powerful part of your business’ talent acquisition and development strategy. As businesses struggle to find experienced workers, many are realizing the potential that lies behind offering internships. Not only can it be a great value and help your company complete projects, but your interns can develop a deep understanding of your business and be able to add more value to it once they’ve graduated. Explore the following resources to develop a strategic plan for hiring student interns:

Hiring Recent Graduates

Recent graduates that are highly motivated to start their careers are an excellent source of talent. Having graduated from a college or university program, these candidates already possess top skills while also having significant growth potential. Companies can strategically reach out to these types of candidates through job fairs, social media, and job boards targeted towards recent grads. Explore the following resources to develop a strategic plan for hiring recent graduates:

Hiring Seasoned Professionals

Seasoned professionals have the skills and experience needed to take your business to the next level. Having build a solid track record of performance, these employees can draw on past positions and experiences to lead and help organizations succeed. Although Canadian government funding is generally limited when it comes to hiring adults, attracting and retaining these candidates can help your business significantly. Explore the following resources to develop a strategic plan for hiring seasoned professionals:

Training Resources for Canadian Employers

Training employees can help your business grow and retain top talent. By investing in the continued growth of your employees, your business can become more productive, skilled, and better able to respond to opportunities and challenges. It also helps employees’ professional development and sense of belonging, which leads to better retention and less time onboarding new employees.

What types of training will your business invest in? Find resources to support your upcoming training projects by choosing one of the following options:

Operations Training Resources Software Training ResourcesLeadership Training Resources Manufacturing Skills Training Resources Project Management Training Resources

Operations (Soft Skills) Training

Canadian Government Funding for Operations TrainingSales, marketing, and other operations training programs can help optimize your team’s performance and enable your business to drive its competitiveness to new heights. Frequent training aimed at these disciplines can give employees across your organization the tools they need to excel and feel empowered. Fortunately, Canadian government funding programs are flexible enough to support this type of training. Explore the resources below to learn more about where soft skills training can improve your organization’s success:

Software Training

Canadian Government Funding for Software TrainingAdvanced software systems have the potential to transform Canadian businesses into lean, intelligent machines capable of competing with globally-recognized firms. Using technology to assist employees and improve productivity can have immediate and sustained benefits for your organization, including enabling employees to complete better quality work in less time. With software systems are constantly being improved to enhance user capabilities, frequent training is necessary to ensure your team is getting full value from its software investments. Fortunately, Canadian government grants support many types of software training. Explore the resources below to learn more about where software training can improve your organization’s success:

Leadership Training

Canadian Government Funding for Leadership Training

Without great leadership, companies lack the direction and drive needed to succeed. Leadership training should be extended to senior roles within your business, but it can also be provided to junior roles with the plan of developing them into tomorrow’s leaders. Government funding programs routinely support employee leadership training, therefore businesses should consider finding a training provider that aligns to their management style and tap into incentives to cover training costs. Explore the resources below to focus your leadership training efforts:

Manufacturing Skills Training

Canadian Government Funding for Manufacturing TrainingManufacturing equipment and processes are advancing at an incredible pace. Leveraging industry 4.0 technologies, introducing a lean mindset, and improving productivity wherever possible are keys to being a successful manufacturer, but how can companies develop and implement an actionable strategy? Training plays a significant role in the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers. Fortunately, there are government grants and incentives targeted specifically towards manufacturing training programs. These should be used multiple times per year to optimize your team’s skills and responsiveness to innovation. Explore the resources below to understand where manufacturing skills training fits in your growth plans:

Project Management Training

Canadian Government Funding for Project Management TrainingTraining employees on project management skills can have wide-reaching benefits for your organization. This area is typically comprised of many areas of business success, including finance, operations, finance, software, and risk management. Developing employees with these broad skillsets can help transition employees to managers, and help management better understand and lead their organizations.  Explore the resources below to learn more about where project management training can improve your organization’s success:

Discover More Funding Resources for Workforce Development Projects

Ready to empower your employees and drive organizational success through hiring and training projects? Register for an upcoming Canadian government funding event to learn more about how funding works, how to navigate the government funding process, and support services to help develop a successful funding application. Mentor Works hosts frequent webinars and live events to help business owners and executives further learn about their funding potential. Register for a session to continue exploring hiring and training grants.

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