Career-Ready with CTMA: Hiring Grants for Automotive & Advanced Manufacturers

Career-Ready with CTMA Logos

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.

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.

Although applicants are not required to be CTMA members, those who are CTMA members are prioritized for funding.

Companies can become a CTMA member by accessing the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association’s website.

Applications to the Career-Ready with CTMA program are completed on behalf of employers by Mentor Works Ltd.

Apply to Career-Ready with CTMA:

Knowledge Directory:

Develop a Plan to Access Funding:


Career-Ready with CTMA: Funding Snapshot

Career-Ready with CTMA supports short-term hiring and training projects that reduce the skilled trades gap among automotive suppliers in the Machine, Tool, Die, Mould & Automation (MTDMA) sector.

  • Amount: 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. 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.
  • Timeline: 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.
  • Eligibility: Automotive manufacturers must derive >50% of revenue from the automotive supply sector and operate in Ontario. Advanced manufacturers must derive >30% of revenue from the automotive supply sector and operate in Ontario.
  • Positions: Positions should relate to tool & die manufacturing, mould making, metalworking, building gauges & fixtures, machine tool building, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, CAD/CAM, CNC machining/precision metalworking, robotics & automation, and supporting roles such as administration, human resources, finance, sales, and marketing.
  • How to Apply: Start the process by contacting Mentor Works with more details on your business and position to be supported with CTMA funding.

Note: A “placement” is defined as the 10-week to four-month employment period and a “hire” is defined as the funded individual. An employer can have a maximum of 12 hires that could qualify for up to 3 placements each.

About the Career-Ready with CTMA Program

The Machine, Tool, Die, Mould & Automation (MTDMA) sector is a vital component of Ontario’s automotive industry. Proactively minimizing skills gaps is essential to driving sustained success in this area, which is why the Career-Ready with CTMA program supports hiring and training youth employees. The program:

  • Enables employers to build a talent pipeline by introducing participants to careers in the auto manufacturing sector;
  • Supports talent growth and attraction training the next generation of workers;
  • Provides participants with practical on-the-job experiences that will help launch their future careers in the auto sector, broader supply chain, and advanced manufacturing;
  • Improves linkages between postsecondary institutions, and auto sector employers; and
  • Supports employers by contributing to the cost of hiring.

With funding from the Career-Ready with CTMA program, eligible employers may receive grants to offset the costs of hiring and training co-op students, recent graduates, and potential new apprentices. During their government-funded placement, these types of candidates learn more about the industry, host company’s business, and develop the skills needed to be an impactful team member. Companies can continue employing the candidates after the funded period concludes.

Ontario automotive & advanced manufacturers may be eligible to access $3,000 to $15,000 per hire in non-repayable grant funding through the Career-Ready with CTMA program.

Funding is awarded to companies based on the number and type of candidates hired. This includes 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. Funding for up to twelve hires can be accessed by an employer via this round of Career-Ready with CTMA.

Funding Eligibility: Employers and Candidates

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.

Funding Eligibility: Manufacturing Roles

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.

How to Apply for Career-Ready with CTMA Hiring Grants

Career-Ready with CTMA applications are completed for employers by Mentor Works. To kick-off the process, interested employers should contact us and provide:

  • The position/job title being hired for; and
  • Indicate whether they are a member of the CTMA or any other industry association.

If you require assistance to find a qualified candidate, either read Mentor Works’ blog on upcoming job fairs or contact Rob Cattle, CTMA’s Executive Director (rcattle@ctma.com).

Is There an Application Fee?

No, there are no fees for CTMA members or non-members to apply to the Career-Ready with CTMA program. Application costs are covered by the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association.

Reporting Process

Employers must provide their new hires with the practical education needed to succeed in Ontario’s Machine, Tool, Die, Mould & Automation (MTDMA) sector. As a result, CTMA requires multiple types of progress reports during the funding period. This includes:

  • A learning plan and final evaluation;
  • Periodic CTMA monitoring visits (minimum two per placement); and
  • Responses to telephone calls, emails, and/or questionnaires from CTMA.