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Wage Incentive Programs

Employers may be eligible for financial incentives to offset some of the costs of providing on-the-job training and work experience. These programs are funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Programs and eligibility criteria may vary. Employers must be licensed to operate in Ontario, meet all safety and employment standards, and will be assessed to ensure that they will offer specific skills training to new employees.

Employment Ontario Employment Services staff can help employers find out more about wage incentives. Employment Ontario Employment Services.

These programs are currently available through Employment Ontario:

Youth Employment Fund

This program is designed to help employers find skilled workers and to help young people (between 15 and 29 years old) gain skills and experience. To be eligible the candidate must be eligible to work in Canada, be unemployed, not be attending school full-time, and live in Ontario.

Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit

The Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC) is a refundable tax credit for corporations and unincorporated businesses. Eligible companies must employ apprentices in certain skilled trades during the first 48 months of an apprenticeship program.

Apprenticeship Completion Employer Bonus

Employers can earn a $1,000, taxable cash grant for each apprentice they employ and train. The employee must complete his or her apprenticeship and receive either a Certificate of Apprenticeship or a Certificate of Qualification.