How Can the Canada-B.C. Job Grant Grow My Business?
For small business owners, training employees can be one of the most challenging and expensive parts of expanding operations. But having a skilled team behind you is one of the best ways you can make sure your business reaches, maintains and exceeds your goals for growth. The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is designed to solve these problems for employers.
What is the Canada-B.C. Job Grant?
The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is a program that assists BC employers to invest in employee training, with the total training cost between the employer and the government. This helps employers and makes keeping jobs easier for British Columbians by encouraging work skills development.
The funding made available by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia reimburses 2/3 (two-thirds) of employee training costs, with a maximum of $10,000 for each employee trained per fiscal year, providing the budget, training capacity and hiring and retention strategy you need to advance your business.
In addition, small business employers may qualify for reimbursement for up to 100% of eligible training costs if the training will result in the employer hiring a previously unemployed person, up to a maximum of $15,000 for each future employee.
Small business is a priority sector crucial to BC’s economy and labour market, meaning small businesses can easily access funding. Your small business may qualify for the Canada-B.C. Job Grant 2016/17 intake.
How Can Small Business BC Help?
Small Business BC, the province’s resource center for small business owners and entrepreneurs, is a Service Provider for the Canada-B.C. Job Grant.
Our Advisors can:
- Help you develop a training plan that will suit your needs
- Identify appropriate training opportunities and delivery options
- Explain the Canada-B.C. Job Grant eligibility and requirements
- Assist you in completing an application
- Guide you through the reimbursement process
What is Covered Under the Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG)?
Eligible training types include:
- Soft skills, such as personal goal setting, working as a team and more.
- Essential skills, such as digital technology, continuous learning
- Specialized or technical skills
- Management skills
Training costs include:
- Tuition fees
- Mandatory student fees
- Examination fees
- Textbooks and software
- Other required materials
- In some circumstances, travel to access training.
Applications Are Now Open!
Applications are being accepted for training that starts on or before March 31, 2017 if the participant being trained qualifies under one of the following streams:
- Underrepresented Group
- New Canadians who are refugees landed in Canada, protected persons entitled to work in Canada or landed immigrants to Canada within the past five years or less
- Aboriginal people
- Persons with disabilities
- Youth (age 15-24)
- Women in Trades and Natural Resource Sectors
- Unemployed Stream
- Refugee Fund
Applications for the CJG Priority stream sectors listed below are being accepted for training that starts between January 1 and March 31 2017. This includes:
- Small Business
- Aboriginal Peoples and First Nations
- Mining and Energy
- Natural Gas
- Non-profit Health and Social Services
- Technology and Green Economy
How Do I Apply?
Step 1: Check Your General Eligibility
Step 2: Contact Small Business BC
If you’re eligible or have questions about your eligibility, contact our Canada-B.C. Job Grant Education Advisors. They can walk you through the Grant criteria, requirements and the application process. They will also review your application form and provide feedback before you submit it.
Step 3: Submit Your Application
You will receive an email with your application reference number 1-2 weeks after your application has been submitted.
Step 4: Get Approved and Send in Agreement
If you’re approved, you will be notified as soon as the decision is made. Processing time for applications is normally within 60 business days of receipt. Along with your acceptance email are agreement documents that you must sign and send back to the government within 3 business days.
Step 5: Start Training!
Step 6: Apply for Reimbursement
Once your application is approved and within 30 business days of your employee starting training, you can apply for reimbursement. If you are training individuals on Income Assistance (IA) or Employment Insurance (EI), Participant Information Form is required no less than 5 business days prior to the start of training.
Our Education Advisors can walk you through the reimbursement process at this time.
Don’t miss your chance to develop your team and make your business thrive!
Contact Small Business BC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free at 1-800-675-8596 for more information on how you can take advantage of the Canada-B.C. Job Grant today.
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