Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development – Group Sponsorship Grant (GSC) (2022)


The Group Sponsorship Grant gives up to $1,000,000 annually to encourage employers to come together using a group sponsorship arrangement to hire and train apprentices.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $1,000,000 per year, for a funding period between one to three years.


The following organizations are eligible to be funded as a recipient of the Group Sponsorship Grant program:

  • Non-profit organizations (e.g., community development organizations, social enterprises, professional and trade organizations);
  • Union affiliated organizations / Training Trust Funds;
  • For-profit businesses (e.g. private sector firm employers);
  • Non-profit organizations or social agencies (e.g. Indigenous organizations, community development organizations, social enterprises, professional and trade organizations);
  • Professional / Industry / Employer / Sector Associations;
  • Employee Organizations;
  • Local planning groups/Community action group;
  • Charitable Foundations;
  • Indigenous organizations;
  • Municipal governments.

In addition, applicants must:

  • be a Legal Entity (i.e., Sole Proprietorship, Ontario Corporation or Partnership) authorized to operate in the province of Ontario.
  • be in full compliance with all applicable laws.
  • maintain appropriate workplace safety standards.
  • provide the ministry with proof of third-party general liability insurance coverage (i.e., certificates of insurance) confirming the organization has all the necessary and appropriate insurance. This includes commercial general liability insurance on an occurrence basis for third party bodily injury, personal injury and property damage, to an inclusive limit of not less than two million dollars ($2,000,000) per occurrence. The policy shall include the following:
  • The Indemnified Parties as additional insureds with respect to liability arising in the course of performance of the applicant’s obligations under, or otherwise in connection with, the GSG program;
  • A cross-liability clause;
  • Contractual liability coverage; and
  • A 30-day written notice of cancellation, termination or material change.

Other Things to Note:

Application guidelines – last year’s. The Achievement Incentive and Group Sponsorship Grant will help more employers take on apprentices to build Ontario’s apprenticeship and skilled trades pipeline.

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