Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN): Regional Future Workforce Program


Eligible Applicants

  • Ontario based post-secondary education institutions   
  • Non-Profit Organizations that
    • have an Ontario-based bank account and 
    • run education programs for kindergarten to post-secondary students in Ontario  
  • Elementary and secondary public schools and school boards across Ontario 

Matching Contribution 

OVIN requires that successful proponents provide a matching contribution, meaning that one staff member per audience segment targeted has their salary covered by the applicant. Additional requirements include: 

  • The staff members must be involved in all key activities of the program (please refer to the program’s Key Components for more information) 
  • Volunteers do not qualify as staff members under OVIN’s matching contribution requirement 

Partnership Requirements

All partners must be Ontario–based

  • Industry partners must be automotive and mobility industry members, including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Tier 1 suppliers, and relevant industry associations. 
  • Elementary and secondary public schools, school boards and post-secondary institutions. 
  • Partners are expected to consult on program development to ensure it is in response to an industry skills/talent need.
How to Apply: 
The Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) has issued a call for expressions of interest under its Regional Future Workforce Program (RFW).  The purpose of the RFW pilot program is to encourage students of all ages, from all regions of Ontario, to pursue careers in the automotive and mobility sector.  
The specific goals of the program are as follows:
  •     To increase exposure to automotive and mobility sector opportunities and learning programs among students across Ontario regions and grade levels (kindergarten to post-secondary)  
  •     To increase the number of equity-deserving and underrepresented groups exploring careers, learning and development opportunities in the automotive and mobility sector
  •     To identify opportunities to build sustainable programs based on pilot programming  
  •     To facilitate collaboration across Ontario between non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and the automotive and mobility industry to build a strong talent pipeline
Applicants to this program can apply for up to $500,000 to develop and run initiatives as part of the RFW Program. Applicants are expected to create programs that engage a minimum of at least 500 students. The engagement programs must be of no cost for the student to participate. As well,  applicants must demonstrate experience in developing and also implementing education programs for audiences ranging from kindergarten to post-secondary.
Although postsecondary institutions can submit more than one application to this program, the maximum funding an applicant can receive is $500,000 in total, regardless of how many audience segments their program will serve. It is recommended that an institution submits one coordinated application. Therefore, if an applicant is interested in this program, they are asked to submit to Andrew Hacquoil, Research Facilitator, Institutional Programs (ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca), the information required for an RFW expression of interest by 10:00 AM on November 25 (please do not submit the expression of interest to OVIN, but please provide answers to the questions on the EOI).
If more than one EOI is received then an internal committee will determine which EOI is submitted to the OVIN program by November 30.
For more information about this program, please click here.
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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