Career Ready Fund

Career Ready Fund: Auto Stream Program

To help connect students with careers in the auto sector, APMA is working with colleges and universities to help place 669 students, apprentices and recent graduates with jobs and careers in Ontario’s automotive supply sector.

Participants will gain practical on-the-job experience to help launch their careers in the automotive sector. The CRF program supports employers by contributing to the cost of hiring students while building a pipeline to support talent growth and attraction to the sector. Businesses will receive $3000.00 per placement, and $5000.00 per placement if the participant has a disability. A single placement lasts 10 weeks to 4 months, and participants may qualify for up to 3 placements in a calendar year.

Information for Co-Op Students, Apprentices, and Recent Graduates

If you are looking for a placement, please contact APMA directly by sending your resume to Austen Swift, Program Coordinator,


  • Participants must be hired between April 1, 2020 and June 21, 2021
  • Placement term must be a minimum of 10 weeks with a full-time schedule
  • Participant must be enrolled in a college or university program, apprenticeship agreement or be a recent graduate

Information for Employers

Employers who are looking to hire or have already hired apprentices and co-op students can still take advantage of the CRF program. If you are actively seeking a co-op candidate, apprenticeship program participant or permanent employee, APMA has a Job Board (below) for postings by any potential employer partners for the CRF program. For more details, please contact Austen Swift, Program Coordinator,, and include the job posting.


  • For Original Equipment Manufacturers and Manufacturers: Minimum 50% of business revenue must be from automotive sector
  • For Advanced Manufacturers: Minimum 30% of business revenue must be from automotive sector
  • Company provides a structured, purposeful placement for participant
  • Participants are hired between April 1, 2020, and June 21, 2021
  • Placement is located in Ontario

Employers can click here to download the Application Form.

Please submit applications and any program inquiries to :

Austen Swift
Program Coordinator, Career Ready Fund

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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

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: 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 21st 2021, as all internships must be completed by March 31, 2021

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 apply for each four-month term, in order to do this simply complete the “Length of placement” on application

Q: Can returning students/apprentices apply for grant?
A: Yes, as long as they have signed a new employment contract starting after April 1st 2020 they are able to apply. You are also able to apply for a grant when regarding department changes, as the employee would be considered a new employee

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 Labour, Training and Skills Development

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