Under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 -(the Act), a sponsor is a person, group, or organization that takes responsibility for ensuring that you are getting opportunities to learn all of the skills required for you to complete your apprenticeship in accordance with the Act. Most often, a sponsor will be your direct employer, but they do not have to be as long as they are able to meet their responsibilities as a sponsor.
It is important to note that the sponsor is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Act. This includes making sure that a trainer or journeyperson provides the apprentice with opportunities to learn the skills necessary to practice the trade, and that the apprentice only works in accordance with any applicable wage rates and journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios.
As long as these conditions are met, your sponsor can be: an individual, employer, corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, association, union, employer association, Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Joint Training and Apprenticeship Committee, Local Apprenticeship Committee, trade association, band council, community‐based agency, group of persons, or any other organization or entity.