Purpose of Program
The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that helps employers train their current or future employees.
British Columbia strives to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy with a focus on poverty and inequality reduction. We are working to create good-paying jobs for British Columbians while ensuring people from every background have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is funded under the new Workforce Development Agreement which replaces the Canada-BC Job Fund Agreement. The CJG 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.
The goals of the CJG are:
- • To strengthen participation of the underemployed and unemployed British Columbians in the labour market by helping to develop the transferrable 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.
- • All employers and unions operating within B.C. in the private and non-profit sectors. Public sector employers are not eligible; this includes: provincial or federal governments, Crown corporations, hospitals, regional and provincial health authorities, schools, public post-secondary institutions and federal and provincial agencies.
- • At the time of application, applicants must have been registered with B.C. Registry Services for at least 1 year and have had a current B.C. business licence for at least 1 year. A Business BCeID Account is also required in order to apply, please note it may take up to 3 weeks to receive your BCeID. Please click here to apply for your BCeID.
Please refer to the Eligibility Criteria for a complete list of eligibility requirements.
Applications to the CJG must be submitted through one of the three streams. The streams differ by the type of skills training they support.
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.
For more information on each stream and current intake status, please click on the above links.