The Concerted Action for Job Retention Program (CAJRP-COVID-19) was launched on April 6 to provide direct financial support to businesses and self-employed workers to promote training, digital skills development and the implementation of good management practices.

However, since the Business and Collective Promoters components of the Concerted Action for Job Retention Program have been extremely popular, the maximum financial capacity was reached on May 27th. Therefore, it is no longer possible to submit a new application.

Businesses are therefore invited to check if they can join an accepted training project of the CAJPR Collective Promoters component. Here is the list of accepted projects.


Business Component – Applications made before May 27 will be analyzed and you will be referred to an accepted CAJRP training project or to another program that meets your company’s needs.

Group Promoters Component – Applications made before June 15 will be analyzed according to criteria established for this component. If an application was made after June 15, you will be referred to an accepted CAJRP training project or to another program.

Besides CAJRP, many other training programs are available for different business needs (Other assistance programs). Here are a few that caught our attention:

Entrepreneurial Vision 2023 – Productivity and digital shift.


Contribution to assist companies in the acquisition, integration and deployment of technologies, including digital technologies, aimed at improving productivity. The project must be conducted as part of a structured organizational strategic plan for growth and profitability improvement.

Example of eligible project: A company implements a new production management software to improve its productivity.

City’s contribution

  • Non-repayable contribution of up to 100 000$ per project
  • Maximum of 50% of eligible expenses
  • The maximum amount of active funding per 2-year period for all of the City of Quebec’s economic development funding programs is 500 000$. In this calculation, non-repayable assistance is considered at 100% of its value, while repayable assistance is considered at 50%

To learn more about this program, visit the Digital Transformation – Quebec City.

To learn more about other municipal programs, we invite you to visit the website of the municipality in which your business is located.


Two Alternative Programs to CAJRP Offered by Emploi-Québec

Workforce Training Measure

This alternative measure aims to support the skills development of your staff members. This measure is also intended to maintain the expertise within your company.

Funded by the Fonds de développement du marché du travail, the financial assistance provided will help you define your training needs, carry out the training and evaluate the effectiveness of the training.


  • You are not a public agency or a political organization
  • The training activity will keep your staff employed, improve the performance of your employees and benefit other employees

To benefit from this measure, you must contact the local employment center in your area. (Manpower training measure)

Concertation for Employment

This assistance program is designed to encourage companies facing human resources management issues. The goal of the program is to promote consultation with their employees in order to find sustainable solutions.

Through this measure, the company receives support and financial assistance to set up consultation and solutions committees.

This measure is divided into three categories:

  1. Business interventions (coaching, development, management skills, job stabilization, HR management support)
  2. Partnership interventions ( implementation of measures, support, other collaborative projects)
  3. Sectoral interventions (sectoral workforce committees and advisory committees)


  • Be a business, organization, self-employed, etc.
  • The company must have a NEQ
  • Consultation activities must focus on HR management issues

Financial Aid

Thus, not only are training costs eligible, but also fees and travel expenses for consultations, rental costs for conducting consultation activities, etc.

The financial aid provided will depend on the financial capacity of the company to cover the cost of the consultation activities. Typically, 50% of eligible expenses can be expected to be covered, with the remainder of the costs to be paid by the company.

Finally, this aid is granted for a maximum of 12 months, but it is possible to request extensions.

For more information or to apply for this measure, contact a local employment center or a Services Québec office. (Concerted action for employment measure)

Visit the Government of Canada website to find out about grants and funding for businesses: 

**A useful tool to search for financial aid, grants, tax credits, etc., depending on the type of business and its needs: Innovation Canada

Of course, the suggestions in this article are not exhaustive, as there is a wide range of aid for different types of businesses. Here are some interesting links.

Canada Business Service, BDC, EDC, Femmessor, IRAP, Canexport, Alliance Grant, Elevation Program, Eureka, Work Time Management – Gov. Quebec

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