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Training on the Job (TOJ)

The Training on the Job program provides a wage subsidy to small and medium sized employers to help them hire and train unemployed or under-skilled workers. The training, which can be up to 52 weeks in length, may be delivered on the job site, at an institution or training provider or as a combination of both. The expectation is that the employer hires the trainee at the end of the training period.


Apply to TOJ by completing both the EAS and TOJ application forms.

TOJ application form

TOJ information package

EAS application form

For assistance or application forms in hardcopy, call a Career Development Officer (CDO) for more information:

Kitikmeot - 1-800-661-0845

Kivalliq - 1-800-953-8516

Qikiqtani - 1-800-567-1514





The TOJ program is available to public sector, private sector, non-governmental, charitable or voluntary organizations. Private sector employers should have fewer than 50 employees. The trainee should be training to fill a full-time, part-time (minimum of 20 hours per week) or a seasonal job. Trainees may be unemployed, underemployed or apprentices.


Trainees should be residents of Nunavut for a minimum of one year. Non-Nunavut residents may be considered if federal funding is available.


Subsidy Amounts


For a contract for a non-apprentice, the TOJ rates are:


  • 50% of the wages up to $15.00/hr to a maximum of 40 hours a week.
  • The employer must contribute a minimum of 50% of the apprentice’s wage
  • No wage subsidies are paid for holidays and sick time and overtime.
  • Wage reimbursement will be paid for regular hours worked only.


For a contract for an apprentice, the TOJ rates are:


Wage subsidies are negotiable up to a maximum of:


Level 1 - $15.00          (or 50 % of the wage, whichever is less).
Level 2 - $12.50          (or 50 % of the wage, whichever is less).
Level 3 - $10.00          (or 50 % of the wage, whichever is less).


  • The employer should contribute to the apprentice’s wage as per Apprenticeship Regulation (23) as well as use the TOJ level payment guidelines as above.
  • Wage reimbursement will be paid for regular hours worked only.
  • No wage subsidies are paid for holidays and sick time and call-in time or overtime.


Note to Employers: Wage Structures for Apprentices:


For apprentices the minimum wages are regulated under the Apprenticeship Regulations, Section (23), where it states:

“23. An employer shall pay to each apprentice in his or her employ wages of not less than the following percentage of the wages of a holder of a certificate of qualification or a trades person whom he or she employs in the same designated trade:"


How it works:


  • The employer and potential trainee complete the necessary application forms and submit them to a Career Development Officer (CD) for review.
  • Once the application and training plan has been reviewed the CDO will send the employer a copy of the Training on the Job contract which will need to be signed by both the employer and the trainee and returned to the CDO.
  • Once the CDO receives and reviews the contract a copy of the contract signed by all parties will be returned to the employer along with a letter officially informing the employer that the Training on the Job has been approved.
  • Please note that the TOJ is not in place until all parties have signed the contract and the letter has been issued to the employer.
  • The employer periodically submits invoices to the CDO, which include the number of hours worked by the employee, the salary paid, etc.
  • Please note that this program works best when the employer submits invoices on a regular basis rather than waiting until the end of the 52 week period. This program operates on a fiscal year cycle and all invoices must be received by May 1.
  • The CDO will review the invoice and issue the subsidy to the employer.


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