Career-Ready with CTMA Addresses Skilled Trades Gap with Hiring Grants

July 9, 2020 Mentor WorksIndustry News and Events 407 Views

Finding the right applicants and investing the time and finances into training new personnel can be a difficult process, especially in the Machine, Tool, Die, Mould & Automation (MTDMA) sector where the need for successful and skilled employees is in great demand. Luckily, companies in the automotive manufacturing sector can access the Career-Ready with CTMA government grants that provide employers funding towards new hires while matching qualified applicants with meaningful growth opportunities in their skilled trade.

Ontario-based automotive manufacturers can access the Career-Ready with CTMA funding for $3,000 up to $15,000 per candidate hired, with the ability to support up to 12 new skilled manufacturing hires per employer.

Distributed by the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) in collaboration with Mentor Works, MTDMA sector employers can hire qualified candidates for a minimum 10 to 16-week period, with the option of stacking up to three placements. Employers may also choose to combine the available grants with other federal hiring and training funding programs in order to potentially offset 100% of employment costs.

Career-Ready with CTMA Program Overview

To reduce the gap in skilled trades among the MTDMA automotive sector, the Career-Ready with CTMA government funding grants focuses on assisting eligible companies with short term hiring and training programs that help match employers with qualified youth in need of growth, experience and training. Employers may choose to hire co-op students, recent graduates, or potential apprentices with the possibility of extending their contract past the allocated placement periods.

In order to qualify for the Career-Ready with CTMA funding, employers and their candidates must both meet the eligibility requirements. See below for criteria regarding eligibility.

Due to the nature of the program, CTMA’s hiring and training grants are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis for employers that meet the eligibility criteria. If you are interested in applying or would like to learn more about the program, please contact Mentor Works to maximize your chances of success. All applications are completed by Mentor Works on behalf of the eligible employer and sent to CTMA for review. There are no fees associated with the application, but CTMA members will have a higher chance of access to funding. To become a CTMA member, please visit CTMA’s application process via their website.


Employer Eligibility

Employers must meet the following criteria to access Career-Ready with CTMA funding:

  • Automotive Manufacturers should derive at least 50% of profits from the automotive supply sector;
  • Advanced Manufacturers should derive at least 30% of profits from the automotive supply sector;
  • Both of the above can include manufacturers that have modified their goals to produce medical supplies and equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Must normally operate in the Machine, Tool, Die, Mould & Automation industry;
  • Must be based in Ontario; and
  • Non-CTMA members must have fewer than 1,000 employees and meet other eligibility measures.

Candidate Eligibility

To be eligible for companies to hire and access Career-Ready with CTMA funding towards, candidates must:

  • Be a co-op student (currently enrolled in an Ontario diploma, certificate, or degree program), potential new apprentice, or a recent graduate (within 18 months); and
  • Be an Ontario resident that may legally work in Canada.

Placement/Role Eligibility

To be eligible for Career-Ready with CTMA hiring funding, the candidate’s role must:

  • Be full-time on a placement of a minimum 10-16 weeks;
  • Start no earlier than April 1, 2020 or later than February 8, 2021 (employment can continue after the funding program has ended); and
  • Be compensated at least $14/hour for the length of the placement period.
  • Candidate positions must relate to one of the following: tool & die manufacturing, mould making, metalworking, building gauges & fixtures, machine tool building, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, CAD/CAM, CNC machining/precision metalworking, robotics & automation, and supporting roles such as administration, human resources, finance, sales, or marketing.

Mentor Works is a business support organization specializing in Canadian government funding. The Ontario-based business has helped hundreds of businesses build and execute their funding strategy through a mix of federal and provincial government grants, loans, and tax credits. Mentor Works offers free online resources, funding webinars, and news via their website at

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Author: Alena Kondratieva – Alena Kondratieva graduated from a collaborative program receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Media and Business Communications from Brock University alongside her Public Relations Post Graduate Certificate from Mohawk College. Prior to joining Mentor Works, Alena worked in a variety of marketing communications roles throughout numerous industries. Alena enjoys utilizing her creative and analytical mind to help strengthen ongoing marketing strategies.