Grow Outdoors

Incumbent Worker Training Program

Growing the Potential of Your Remarkable Employees

Advance the knowledge, skills and abilities of your employees

The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides professional development to current sector workers nominated for the program by their employer. All successful nominees receive foundational supervisory and advanced health and safety compliance training. GROW staff create individualized development plans with each participant in coordination with their employer. The program is delivered from September 2021-February 2022. The training course is delivered over 10 weeks.

Nominations are now closed. If you would like to be added to our waitlist…

Training is provided free of charge.

The GROW Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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All approved Incumbent Worker participants will receive:

The GROW Foundational Supervisory Training Program

10 Week Training Program Focus on:

Team Based Management Change Management Team Development Team Effectiveness Conflict Resolution Employee Engagement and Empowerment

Worker Awareness Health and Safety Training
(4 Step)

Health and safety rights and responsibilities of supervisors

Required if not completed in last 12 months

Supervisory Awareness Health and Safety (5 Step)

Health and safety rights and responsibilities of supervisors

Required if not completed in last 12 months

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence  *provided by WSPS

1/2 day training program

Legal duties of a supervisor and the concept of due diligence

Supplemental Courses/ Certifications Specific to Individual

Supplemental courses/ certifications specific to individual

Funded in part by the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario

Employee Registration Meeting: September – October 

Employer/Employee Goal Setting Meeting: September – October 

WSPS Due Diligence Training: 1 Half day training running Dec-Feb 

GROW Foundational Supervisory Program: November 16 – February 3

  • 8 weeks of facilitation 
  • 2 thirty minute one on one coaching sessions (Dec 6-10, Jan 17 – Jan 21)
  • 2 week break! (Dec 20 – Dec 30)

Individual Training Plan Programs: November-February based on participant availability and plan

For more information contact:
Lori Harding –

Frequently Asked Questions:

Participants should expect to commit to the following number of hours:


Employers are able to take their own approach internally for determining who will be nominated – it could possibly be a great moral booster – however the employer needs to sign off that they are supporting the applicant through the training process. The employer is able to have a representative from the company be the support contact but ultimately the employer must be able to sign off on the application.

The Incumbent Worker Program will be delivered and facilitated over Zoom and Google Classrooms.

Training will be provided on how to use both platforms.

Access to reliable internet and a computer is required for participation in the program.

Participants are responsible for completing all training courses and should contact their instructor to make alternative arrangements (if required).

To support participation of as many LO members as possible, at this time participation is limited to a maximum of two people per company.

This training program is at no cost to the Employer or Employee and is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Provincial Government. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

All participants require the support of their manager to participate in the program, including those who are seasonally laid-off if they have a return-to-work date confirmed before March 17, 2023.

For employees to be eligible they must be:

  • Interested in the advancement of their knowledge, skills and abilities within the landscape and horticulture profession
  • Nominated by their employer
  • Possesses potential for becoming a remarkable supervisor
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have regular access to a computer and internet (at work or home)

For employers to be eligible they must:

  • Offer services in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Areas (GTHA) and Kawartha/Muskoka region. 
  • Meet standardized operating insurance, health and safety standards set out by the Government of Canada
  • Have opportunities for advancement for employees
  • Willing to support their employees through training sessions by participating in sessions designed to advance learning opportunities