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Employment Halton: Skills and Training

 
Training opportunities are available to Halton residents who are actively seeking to improve skills and gain employment.

Second Career is a a provincial program that helps Ontarians with the costs for training or education required to get a better job.

You may qualify for up to $28,000, or more in some cases, to pay for tuition and expenses such as:

  • Books
  • Living expenses
  • Help caring for dependants
  • Travel & Transportation
  • Disability supports
  • Other living and training costs

Click here (external link) to learn more about how Second Career can benefit you, as well as the types of careers that may qualify for funding.

Do you qualify for Second Career?

To qualify, you must:

  • be laid off and not working; or,
  • be laid off from your job but working a temporary (survival) job to cover basic living costs.

To find out if you are eligible for the program, visit us in-person or dial 311 to set up an appointment.

Applying to Second Career

During your application process, you will work with Employment Halton to determine if this program is right for you. If so, staff will also help you prepare and complete your application.

For more information on the application process, click here. (external link)

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) is provincial program that provides direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their workforce.

The COJG provides financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, and will:

  • Provide up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
  • Require employers to contribute one-third of the total costs. There will be additional flexibility for small businesses to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs.
  • Require training to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.

Click here (external link) to learn more about how COJG can benefit you.

Do you qualify for COJG?

To qualify, you must:

  • Be an individual private or not-for-profit sector employer
  • First Nations
  • An organization acting on behalf of an employer (including union training halls, industry associations, training coordinators and other employer consortiums that meet the requirements below)

Eligibility criteria applies to all employers regardless of whether they are training one or multiple individuals.

An employer must:

  • make minimum cash and in-kind contributions towards training costs
  • employ the individual selected for training
  • be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • be applying for training that is delivered in Ontario and is related to a job that is also located in Ontario
  • comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act
  • maintain appropriate Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or private workplace safety insurance coverage
  • have adequate third-party general liability insurance, as advised by its insurance broker
  • comply with all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards.

An employer must not:

  • be a federal, provincial or municipal government and/or agency
  • be a designated broader public sector organization, as defined by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act (external link)
  • be district social services administration boards established under the District Social Services Administration Boards Act (notwithstanding their exclusion under the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act)
  • be a Canada-Ontario Job Grant service provider, or an Employment Service provider
  • be currently in receipt of other government funds related to the same skills training for the same individual (e.g., Employment Service or Youth Employment Fund Job Placements)
  • use training participants to displace existing staff or replace staff who are on lay-off.

To find out if you are eligible for the program, visit us in-person or dial 311 to set up an appointment.

Applying to COJG

During your application process, you will work with Employment Halton to determine if this program is right for you. If so, staff will also help you prepare and complete your application.

For more information on the application process, click here. (external link)

Each month, Employment Halton hosts workshops to assist job seekers with the fundamental skills needed to search for employment. Participants can expect assistance with cover letters and resumes, job searching, interview preparedness, job fair preparation, computer skills, and more.

Check out our calendar of events to see what's lined up this month. Register for workshops by email at ieservices@halton.ca or by calling 311.

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