As we step into 2022, the world around us is changing in so many ways. Businesses across British Columbia have adjusted to the challenges inherent to a continuing pandemic, supply chain delays, and staff shortages. Job roles within our industries continue to shift and evolve based on market needs, and the one constant has been the dizzying pace of change.
Against this backdrop, the Province of British Columbia is committed to building a strong, sustainable, innovative economy that works to reduce poverty and inequality for every British Columbian. Helping employers upskill their staff to meet changing needs is a key component of this effort, and it’s why the B.C. Employer Training Grant program (ETG) was created.
What is the B.C. Employer Training Grant?
The B.C. Employer Training Grant supports skills training by providing a grant to employers to enable staff to upskill and develop greater job security. Employers may receive up to $10,000 per participant, with a maximum amount per employer of $300,000.
This program is delivered by the Province of British Columbia and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).
The goal of the ETG program is to help British Columbians access the skills training they need to excel in their chosen career path and meet the needs of a changing economy. It also encourages employers to involve themselves in the continuing career development of their employees.
How the B.C. Employer Training Grant Works
Before applying for the ETG, employers should create a BCeID account if they haven’t already done so. This account provides secure electronic access to online government services.
Once this step is complete, employers can submit an online application through the Skills Training Grant System online portal.
Please note the following details before submitting an application:
- Reimbursement amounts vary between 60% and 100% depending on the training stream.
- Training must result in a better job once training is completed.
- Employers must submit their application on their own behalf, using their Business BCeID. Third parties cannot apply on an employer’s behalf.
- Participants must submit their own Participant Information Forms before an application can be submitted. Employers cannot submit these on an employee’s behalf.
- If approved, employers are to pay for all costs in full and, after training has started, submit a reimbursement claim.
- Participants are not to pay for training or any training-related expenses. Receipts must verify this information.
- Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).
Funds are available for training with start dates between now and March 31, 2022, and most applicants will receive a decision on their application in two weeks. The ETG will begin accepting applications for training with April 1 or later start dates in the coming months. Check the website for updates.