Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit

Overview

The Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit is a temporary, refundable personal income tax credit that helps workers get training that may be needed:

  • for a career shift
  • for re-training
  • to sharpen their skills

The credit provides up to $2,000 in relief for 50% of a person’s eligible expenses in 2021.

Eligibility

Who is eligible

The Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit has the same eligibility requirements as the Canada Training Credit, and you must be an Ontario resident on December 31, 2021.

To claim the credit, you must have a positive Canada Training Credit limit for 2021, be aged 26 to 65 years old at the end of 2021 and meet the other requirements set out in the federal Income Tax Act, for 2019 or 2020. You can find your Canada Training Credit limit for 2021 on your latest notice of assessment or reassessment for 2020, which is provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

You can visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website to learn more about who can apply.

Which expenses are eligible

Expenses eligible for the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit are the same as those that can be claimed for the Canada Training Credit. These include:

  • tuition and other fees paid to an eligible educational institution in Canada for courses taken in 2021
  • fees paid to certain bodies in respect of an occupational, trade or professional examination taken in 2021

These expenses can include:

Occupational skills courses

Fees for occupational skills courses if they are paid to a university, college or certain other educational institutions, if the student is enrolled in the institution to obtain or improve their skills in an occupation.

Occupational, trade or professional exams

Fees for an occupational, trade, or professional examination required to obtain a professional status, or to be licensed or certified as a tradesperson, and that are paid to a:

  • university
  • college or other educational institution
  • professional association
  • provincial ministry, or other similar institution

Postsecondary education courses

Fees for one or more courses at the postsecondary level can qualify, if the courses provide credit towards a degree, diploma or certificate.

To learn if a particular program or course may be eligible for the credit, contact the college, university or private career college where it is offered. You can visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website to learn more about which expenses are eligible.

How much can you receive

The Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit is calculated as 50% of eligible expenses for 2021, up to a maximum credit of $2,000.

The chart below shows two examples of savings in 2021 due to the supports from the Canada Training Credit and the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit. In the first example, Hope would get back $350 through the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit. In the second example, Irene would get back $2,000 through the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit. They would get this money when they file their 2021 personal income tax return.

Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit

Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit example comparison
Note: Examples assume that Hope has a Canada training limit for 2021 of at least $350, and that Irene has a Canada training limit for 2021 of $500.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance.

How to claim

You can claim this tax credit when you file your Personal Income Tax return for 2021. You will get your money as part of your tax refund from the Canada Revenue Agency.

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Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance.