The B.C. Employer Training Grant program (ETG) supports skills training to address provincial labour market needs. The program is delivered by the Province of British Columbia and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA).
- All private and non-profit employers operating in B.C.
- Self-employed (including contractors)
- Indigenous governments
- Additional criteria:
- Employers must have a job for the participant at their company 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)
- Employers must be in good standing with the Province
- Stream 1: C19 Impacted Worker Training Stream – This stream supports British Columbians that are employed or have been employed in a sector where job opportunities have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Impacted sectors include: Accommodation and food services, Wholesale and retail trade, Construction, Information, culture and recreation, Business, building and other support services, Transportation and warehousing, Manufacturing, Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing, Educational services and Other services (except public administration). Employers may receive 100 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant
- Stream 2: Workforce Training Stream – This stream supports soft skills development or other training that aligns with an employer’s business needs and the needs of the participant’s job. Workforce training includes, but is not limited to: Management skills such as strategic planning, leadership, recruiting and hiring; Business improvement skills such as marketing, performance management, communication and sales; Other soft skills such as project management, professional communication and cross-cultural competency. Applications approved under this stream will receive 60 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $5,000 per participant. The employer is required to contribute the remaining 40 percent.
- Stream 3: Technical Training Stream – This stream supports employers to train current or new employees in technical skills in response to automation and other technological advancements. Technical training is defined as: training to develop new skills required to operate machinery, equipment or use software, an application or program. This includes computer programming, or
training needed for the successful adoption of new technological systems, including new manufacturing, production and construction methods. Applications approved under this stream may receive 80 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant. The employer is required to contribute the remaining 20 percent.
- Stream 4: Foundational Training Stream – This stream supports unemployed and low-skilled British Columbians to gain the essential, transferable and certified skills to increase their job security and obtain good-paying jobs. Essential skills training, ITA-certified apprenticeship training, occupational certification (e.g., Early Childhood Education certificate, Residential Care Worker certificate, etc.), and industry-recognized training are eligible. Employers approved under this stream may receive 100 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant.
- Stream 5: Employment Transition Training Stream – This stream supports British Columbians that have been impacted by mill closures or curtailments in B.C. This includes people that are unemployed, at risk of losing their job, or those who require training needed to secure different or better jobs. Owners/operators and contractors are eligible. Employers may receive 100 percent of eligible training costs, financial supports and training allowances for participants while in training, up to a maximum of $20,000 per participant.
- Stream 6: Persons with Disabilities Training Stream – This stream supports training for British Columbians that are designated Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Learn more about PWD designation from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. Employers may receive 100 percent of eligible training costs, financial supports and training allowances for participants while in training, up to a maximum of $20,000 per participant.
Contact Name: Work BC
Phone Number: 250-952-6914 or 1-877-952-6914 (toll-free)