Minister Jill Dunlop and Minister Monty McNaughton have announced that the Ontario 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. Our 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. This reduces the pressure on any 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. This is one more measure our government is taking to help people train for in-demand jobs that provide for them and their families.
By the Numbers
- $20 million – the government investment in the Group Sponsorship Grant in 2020/2021
- $1 million – the largest grant amount that employers can receive annually
- 2 – the minimum number of employers needed to apply for Group Sponsorship
- 1 in 3 – the share of journeypersons in 2016 who were aged 55 or over
- 5.4% – the October 2020 unemployment rate in maintenance and equipment operation trades in Ontario
- 3.7% – the October 2020 unemployment rate in industrial, electrical, and construction trades in Ontario