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 shared between the employer and the government. This helps employers and makes keeping jobs easier for British Columbians by encouraging work skills development.
The program is funded under the new Workforce Development Agreement which replaces the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement. The Job Grant provides up to $8 million in funding for employers to support skills training for their current and new employees in the fiscal year 2018/2019.
Canada-B.C. Job Grant Goals:
- To strengthen participation of the underemployed and unemployed British Columbians in the labour market by helping to develop the transferable and certified skills they need to increase their job security
- To support employers and their staff in their transition to increased automation
- To support and encourage employer investment in skills training of their employees to increase workplace productivity.
The maximum an employer can receive per fiscal year (April 1st to March 31st) is $10,000 per participant, with a maximum of $300,000 in total government funding per employer.
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.
How Do I Apply?
Applications to the Canada-B.C. Job Grant take place under one of three streams:
Stream 1: Foundational Training Stream – This stream supports unemployed, underemployed and low-skilled British Columbians to obtain the accredited, transferrable and certified skills to increase their job security. Industry or sector certification, apprenticeship, trades, early childhood education certification, and accredited skills training fall under this category. The maximum government contribution amount is $10,000 per participant.
Stream 2: Technical Skills Training Stream – This stream will assist employers experiencing workforce transition due to increased automation and technological advancements, by providing support to train current or new employees. This stream supports technical skills required to use software, a program, or machinery. The maximum government contribution amount is $10,000 per participant.
Stream 3: Workforce Training Stream – This stream is designed to support any training that isn’t foundational or technical. For example: leadership, management, and soft skills training fall under this category. The maximum government contribution amount is $5,000 per participant.
Please Note: The Technical Skills Training Stream is reaching subscription targets. Applications submitted after April 16, 2018 may not be funded.
To view frequently asked questions relating to the Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant, click here.
Apply for each of the streams:
Please Note: Small Business BC is no longer a Service Provider for the Canada-B.C. Job Grant program.