Government Grants available to support employee training costs.

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that can help employers invest in training for their current or future employees. The Grant assists eligible employers to offset the cost of training, with the employer contributing one-third of the cost of training. The maximum government contribution is $10,000 for each employee trained. Employers can apply directly or an Eligible Organization can act on behalf of employers.

Grant Allotments have re-opened for three separate funds.

Priority Sectors Fund

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is opening to BC Jobs Plan priority sectors, with targeted funding of up to $3 million, for eligible employers and organizations in these sectors to train new and current employees for available jobs.

The goal of the CJG is to increase participation of British Columbians in the labour force and help them to develop the skills necessary to find and keep a job.  The CJG objectives are:

  • to encourage greater employer involvement in training to ensure that skills are better aligned to job opportunities; and
  • to make it as easy as possible for all residents of British Columbia to get the help they need to develop the skills necessary to quickly find and maintain employment.

Employers and organizations must meet eligibility criteria and be operating in one of the following sectors:

  1. Agrifoods
  2. Aboriginal Peoples and First Nations
  3. Forestry
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Mining and Energy
  6. Natural Gas
  7. Small Business
  8. Technology and Green Economy
  9. Tourism
  10. Transportation

THE CJG WILL OPEN TO APPLICATIONS FOR BC JOBS PLAN PRIORITY SECTOR TRAINING ON JANUARY 4TH, 2016.

All training must start on or before March 31, 2016.

Full Priority Sectors Fund Details: https://www.workbc.ca/Employers/Run-your-business/Canada-B-C-Job-Grant/Canada-B-C-Jobs-Grant-B-C-Jobs-Plan-Priority-Secto.aspx

 

New Canadian Fund

The CJG is opening to applications from employers and organizations to train new Canadians for new or existing jobs, with targeted funding of up to $500,000.

Employers and organizations must meet eligibility criteria and complete checklist.  Participants under the CJG New Canadians Fund must also be:

  • A refugee landed in Canada; or
  • A protected person entitled to work in Canada; or
  • An immigrant to Canada within the past five years or less.

THE CJG WILL OPEN TO APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING OF NEW CANADIANS FOR JOBS ON JANUARY 4TH, 2016.

Full New Canadian Fund Details: https://www.workbc.ca/Employers/Run-your-business/Canada-B-C-Job-Grant/CJG-NEW-CANADIANS-FUND.aspx

Refugee Fund

Industry/sector and employer associations are invited to submit applications to a specific fund focused on training and hiring refugees.  Up to $1M will support associations to prepare refugees for employment in their particular sector, match refugees to employers and jobs, and deliver job specific skills training in partnership with employers.

Both job readiness and job specific training must start on or before March 31, 2016.  Training must be completed within 52 weeks.  Each participant can be funded for up to $10,000 in training.

Associations and their partner employers must meet CJG refugee fund eligibility criteria.  A participant must be a refugee landed in Canada.  If a participant does not meet this criterion, the applicant may be eligible under another stream.

THE CJG WILL OPEN TO APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING OF REFUGEES FOR JOBS ON JANUARY 11TH, 2016.

Full Refugee Fund Details: https://www.workbc.ca/Employers/Run-your-business/Canada-B-C-Job-Grant/Canada-B-C-Job-Grant-Refugee-Fund.aspx

 

Contact the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC at 604.795.9595 or email manufacturing@safetyalliancebc.ca if you require any assistance in applying for a training Grant.