Ontario Helping Employers Hire and Train Apprentices

Published on December 10, 2020

Minister McNaughton and Minister Dunlop announced the government is investing $20 million to make it easier for small businesses to jointly sponsor and train apprentices through our new Group Sponsorship Grant program. This will increase the number of people training and working in the skilled trades.

Employers and organizations can apply for the grants at Ontario.ca/hireanapprentice. The application is available to existing and new group sponsors. Successful applicants may receive funding for up to three years

The government is making it easier for employers to get the skilled workers they need, and for workers to get high-quality training. We are making it easier for businesses to take on apprentices by reducing administrative costs.

The new Group Sponsorship Grant program will encourage small- to medium-sized employers to collaboratively hire and train apprentices. Group sponsors consist of two of more people who act as a single sponsor to collectively provide training.

This reduces the pressure on any one employer to see an apprentice through to completion in training. It also exposes apprentices to a wider range of skills and is proven to increase their career success and the support needed to become a registered journeyperson.

This is one more measure our government is taking to help people train for in-demand jobs that provide for them and their families.

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