Canada-BC Job Grant gives $9.6 million to help train employees

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province of BC announced today that they have $9.6 million in Canada-BC Job Grant funding available to assist employers to provide skills training to new or current employees.

Employers as well as organizations that are acting on behalf of employers can apply for the funding with start dates between October 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2016.

Where the money is going is as follows:

$5.6 million in funding is available to eligible employers and organizations under the Priority Sectors stream, which includes:

  • Small Business
  • Technology and Green Economy
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and Energy
  • Agrifoods
  • Tourism
  • Transportation
  • Forestry
  • Natural Gas
  • Aboriginal Peoples and First Nations
  • In-Demand Organizations (i.e., non-profit health and social services)

$1 million is available to eligible employers and organizations to train individuals within the Under-represented Groups stream, which includes:

  • New Canadians
  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Youth (aged 15-24 years)
  • Women (in Trades and Natural Resource Sectors)

$2 million is available for eligible employers wishing to train and hire unemployed British Columbians under the Unemployed stream:

  • Up to $15,000 for eligible training, per participant
  • No employer contribution required

$1 million is available under the Refugee Fund:

  • To support eligible organizations acting on behalf of employers 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.
  • The Refugee Fund supports two types of training:
    • Job readiness
    • Job-specific skills training

“Our province is expected to lead the country in economic growth over the next two years. This funding will go a long way to help businesses provide their current or future employees with the skills training they need to ensure we have the workforce to keep our economy strong, diverse and thriving.” – Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

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