Employers may be eligible for financial incentives to offset some of the costs associated with providing on-the-job training and work experience for a new employee.

The employee must be eligible for the program and must not start working for the employer prior to registration.

Please connect with an Employment Consultant for more information and to help determine eligibility.


To be eligible for a subsidized placement through Employment Services, employers must:

  • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide the trainee with adequate supervision, and the training described in the training plan
  • Provide employment in Ontario
  • Place trainees on the company’s payroll and provide the same employment in terms, conditions, and benefits as for all regular employees
  • Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act
  • Maintain appropriate WSIB or alternate workplace safety insurance coverage
  • Have adequate third-party general liability insurance
  • Comply with all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards
  • Comply with freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation
  • Declare that he/she will not hire his/her spouse, sibling, or child as a trainee, will not displace existing staff or replace staff on lay-off, and is not receiving funds from any other source for the training placement

Funding Options

Employment Ontario programs available to you:

  • Employment Services: Financial incentive to hire individuals who are unemployed and out of school full time, including apprenticeships
  • Youth Job Connection: A funding incentive to hire youth aged 15 to 29. Includes an extensive pre-employment workshop series. Learn more about Youth Job Connection.
  • Youth Job Connection Summer: Summer job opportunity component for students aged 15 to 18, returning to school. Learn more about Youth Job Connection – Summer.
  • Experience Ontario: Pilot program focusing on career exploration that provides paid work placements, career coaching, mentorship, and information about postsecondary education and training opportunities.
  • Youth Job Link: New program providing financial incentives for non-barriered youth. Learn more about Youth Job Link.
  • Canada Ontario Job Grant: Financial support to train existing staff in specific work skills. Learn more about the Canada Ontario Job Grant.