Funding opportunities and programs

There is a range of different funding programs available to help employers with hiring, training, and retaining employees. Here, you can learn more about programs that target Aboriginal people, youth and students, and skills development for all Canadians.



  • Canada Job Grant: The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. It can provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs, which includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions.
  • Literacy and Essential Skills: This initiative provides funding for projects that improve the way employees' skills are developed in the workplace, and enhance the employer's human resource management practices.

Youth and students

  • Youth Employment Strategy: This strategy provides employers with funding and services to create employment opportunities for youth.
  • Sectoral Career Focus Program: This program supports sector councils and cross-sector organizations that provide post-secondary graduates with practical, career-related work experience to supplement their academic skills for careers in the private and non-profit sectors.

Other funding programs

There are also many funding programs available through Service Canada's provincial and territorial partners, such as targeted wage subsidies and job creation partnerships. Government of Canada funding enables provinces and territories to design, deliver, and manage these skills and employment programs. See Labour Market Development Agreements for provincial and territorial contact information.