Who’s getting Canada Job Grants?

News about Canada Job Grant (CJG) recipients is slowing trickling out. Press releases are issued for the “first” grant in each province but after those initial announcements, provinces are not providing much information.

I understand from personal conversations that Manitoba has allocated its whole 2014-2015 budget. Since September, the Saskatoon office has processed about 60 applications from employers, totaling about $500,000 in funding. Ontario has approved 449 applications since January but the Ministry is calling for intensive outreach in order to spend all its allocation by the end of March.

The Prime Minister flew to Manitoba to make the announcement of that province’s first CJG along with the Premier. Announcements in other provinces typically have a federal MP and a provincial Minister or member of the Legislature.

Information is minimal in these press releases but they do give a good idea of the take-up and the type of training provided. As I expected, the training is for incumbent workers and for higher-level skills (i.e. not literacy and essential skills). The cost per employee is less than I expected – I had thought all the colleges in the country would be out promoting courses that just happen to cost $15,000.

Here’s what’s come across my desk so far, do let me know if you know of any other grants:

Name of Company: Oxygen Technical Services Limited, an information technology service provider with 20 employees
Type of Training: Skills training and certification for with emphasis on managed services, cloud computing and Voice over Internet Protocol solutions expertise that will help it expand its business offerings.
Number to be Trained: 15 employees
Training Outcome: The company expects this will immediately lead to a promotion for a current employee and the creation of at least seven additional information technology (IT)-related positions in Winnipeg over the next 12 months.
Amount of Grant: Not provided
Name of Company: Fowler Construction Services Limited, a construction company in Truro a small company with eight employees        
Type of Training: Gold Seal Certification training
Number to be Trained: 3 current employees
Training Outcome: It is expected that this training program will support the company to build the in-house competencies needed to achieve its goals of increased efficiency, productivity and profitability.
Amount of Grant: Canada Job Grant – $16,000Employer – $6,372($7,457/employee)
Name of Company: Dowler-Karn, a St. Thomas-based energy distributor with up to 140 employees
Type of Training: Human Resources training
Number to be Trained: 3 managers
Training Outcome:  
Amount of Grant: Canada Job Grant – $4,250Employer – $2,125($2,125/employee)
Name of Company: DynaIndustrial, a heavy industrial custom fabrication company in Regina and Saskatoon
Type of Training: Career development and skills training; the training will range from leadership and sales to crane operations training.
Number to be Trained: 22 employees
Training Outcome:
Amount of Grant: Canada Job Grant – $22,000Employer – $11,000($1,500/employee)

About Brigid Hayes

Brigid Hayes has developed an expertise in learning that spans over 30 years as a senior government policy advisor and program manager and partnership developer; director of labour for a national business/labour skills centre and as an independent consultant. Her knowledge of and experience in workplace literacy and learning has contributed to her recognition as an expert in this field, and she has undertaken significant activities to both help promote and enhance literacy and lifelong learning. Brigid works as an independent consultant and expert advisor on learning, literacy, and work. She has successfully developed a strategic planning and policy development practice involving workplace literacy, essential skills, partnership development, research, and evaluation.
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