Funding for experiential learning opportunities in Ontario

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About the Program

If your licensed company is part of Ontario’s precision metalworking sector, you could get a nonrepayable contribution to help subsidize the wages of new hires or the upskilling of existing employees.

The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) is pleased to announce this very successful program has been extended for another year! It is designed to help more people increase their skills for great job opportunities in the precision metal working sector, which includes machining, tool & die making, mould making, jig & fixture building, automation/robotics, additive manufacturing, and other related businesses.


The Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities program provides non-repayable contributions to eligible employers to subsidize the wages of new hires or the upskilling of existing employees that meet the program’s eligibility criteria. The program is designed to support experiential learning opportunities, which is a hands-on learning model where participants learn by doing. The goal is to provide participants with real-world work experience that improves their employability by building their knowledge and skills.

EMPLOYER ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: To be eligible for funding through the Career Ready with CTMA program, Employers must be licensed to operate in Ontario, provide training in Ontario which is related to a job that is located in Ontario, comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act, maintain appropriate WSIB insurance coverage; and have adequate third-party general liability insurance

Target companies include SME’s who are part of the Precision Metalworking Sector and whose primary business is focused on the design, manufacture, repair, or assembly of products in at least one of the following areas:

• Tool & Die Manufacturing • Mould Making • Precision Machining • Gauge and/or Fixture Building • Additive Manufacturing / Rapid Prototyping • Automation / Robotics Manufacturing • Machine Tool Building • Cutting Tools Sales & Service

Priority will be given to members of the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA); however, the program is open to all businesses in Ontario that meet the minimum threshold outlined above.

Employers must have a candidate (candidates must be Canadian Citizens or have Permanent Residency Status in Canada) before applying and have identified a job title with a corresponding job description. Employers requiring assistance in finding candidates, are encouraged to contact Robert Cattle

Employers must hire each candidate on a full-time basis, pay them an hourly rate of at least minimum wage ($15.00/hr. currently; $15.50/hr. as of Oct. 1/22), and provide WSIB coverage.

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