Career Ready Fund

Auto Stream Program

In an effort to help connect students with careers in the auto sector, the APMA will be working with post-secondary institutions to help connect 225 students, apprentices and recent graduates with jobs and careers in the automotive manufacturing sector.

Participants will gain practical on-the-job experience that will help launch their careers in the automotive sector. Employers will have the opportunity to provide productive dialog between academic institutions and industry. This program will give companies line of sight to new talent that will bring fresh ideas and perspective to the workplace. Businesses will receive $3000.00 per participant, and $5000.00 if participant has a disability.

Click here to download the Employer Application Form.
Click here to download the Student Application Form.

Please submit applications and any program inquiries to :

Meagan Martin
Senior Advisor, Career Ready Auto Stream Fund
Office (416) 620-4220 Ext 226
Mobile : (647) 544-5619

Program Eligibility Requirements

– Minimum 50% of business revenue must be in the automotive sector
– Company provides a structured purposeful placement for participant
– Participants must be hired after April 1st, 2019
– Placement must be a period of at least 10 weeks, full time
– Participants is enrolled in college/ university program or recently graduated

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What qualifies as a recent graduate?
A: Within 18 months of graduation

Q: Does participant have to be for automotive department within company?
A: No, participants may work for any department, if the company has 50% of revenue in the automotive sector

Q: Does this grant impact our federal tax break?
A: No, this grant does not impact your current tax break, it is a stackable program

Q: How many participants can each company get?
A: Currently no limit has been set by the province, we are reviewing on a case by case basis

Q: How long will program run for?
A: Currently scheduled for 1 year but has the option to get renewed on an annual basis for the next 4 years

Q: When are funds released?
A: After 10-week placement has been completed and all documentation has been submitted

Q: What is the latest we can start a participant at our business in order to qualify?
A: The last day to start a participant is January 21 2020, as all internships must be completed by March 31 2020

Q: Is there a maximum amount of time placement can not exceed?
A: Placement must not exceed four months, however in the event of a year long placement companies are eligible to re apply for each four month sector as a new participant

Q: Can returning students/apprentices apply for grant?
A: Depending the length of placement, co-op/intern students can apply twice within one year, but must have a registered training agreement. You are also able to apply for a grant when regarding department changes, as the employee would be considered a new apprentice

Q: Do we have to use your candidate?
A: No, if you need assistance finding qualified candidates please ensure to reach out to APMA. If you already have organized your co-op placements for the year you are able apply for the grant providing your hire meets all the requirements

Q: Who is funding this program
A: This program is being funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Q: How will I know if I am approved for grant?
A: You will receive either a rejection or approval letter within 30 days of sending application

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