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 shared 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 upcoming Canada-B.C. Job Grant 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.
On November 21, 2017, the ministry reopened Intake 2 and Intake 3 for all streams. Intake 2 covers training that begins November 21-December 31, 2017. Intake 3 covers training that begins January 1-March 31, 2018. Applications are assessed on a first-come, first served basis. As the budget is limited, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Please check the Intake Schedule regularly for the latest updates on the funding availability.
Employers will be informed of decisions within 60 days of application. CJG will prioritize the assessment of applications under the Unemployed, Underrepresented and Rural Streams. Please note that if employers proceed with training before receiving a decision from the Ministry, they will be liable for all costs incurred should the application be denied. At the Province’s sole discretion, applications may be approved based on provincial priorities, up to funding amounts available.
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.
Step 3: Submit Your Application
You will receive your application reference number immediately 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 5 business days.
Step 5: Start Training
Effective April 1, 2017, applications to the Canada-B.C. Grant program will need to be submitted through a new CJG administration system. The new CJG administration system will streamline the application process for employers by creating an electronic platform for the submission of applications, agreements and claims. Employers will be able to create, copy, and save applications.
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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Important Information Regarding CJG Applications After March 31, 2017
Effective April 1, 2017, applications to the Canada-BC Job Grant program will need to be submitted through a new CJG administration system. The new CJG administration system will streamline the application process for employers by creating an electronic platform for the submission of applications, agreements and claims. Employers will be able to create, copy, and save applications.
To access this new system, all applicants to the CJG will require a Business BCeID account. While it takes 15 minutes to complete the application process for a BCeID, it can take up to 3 weeks to receive your BCeID. If you already have a BCeID, you do not need to do anything further. If you do not have a BCeID, please ensure you apply as early as possible to avoid any delays in the CJG application process after March 31, 2017. Visit bceid.ca for information and instructions on registration.
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