Community and Employer Partnerships

Since the launch of the Employment Program of British Columbia in April 2012, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation has begun implementing an initiative known as Community and Employer Partnerships.

The purpose of this initiative is to increase employment opportunities for unemployed British Columbians through the use of agency and business partnerships, shared information and technology, and innovative processes and practices.

Community and Employer Partnerships will foster collaborative, coordinated networks of community organizations and employers across the province. These networks will work to:

  • promote and simplify communication between stakeholders
  • help the easy and quick flow of local labour market information
  • ensure strategic, coordinated approaches to investing the necessary employment support in communities
  • provide opportunities for stakeholders to discuss strategies and solutions to address labour market needs

Community and Employer Partnerships will also provide labour market information to communities and employers so that they can better address the needs of the community and help create jobs.

This labour market information will also help communities and employers in submitting requests to the Partnership and Innovation Fund. This fund is administered by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and consists of four streams:

Job Creation Partnerships  JCP

Provides funding to organizations to assist with local projects that provide community benefit and that normally would not take place without project funding, while creating jobs that provide unemployed eligible EI Clients with Opportunities to gain meaningful work experience.  Projects benefit the job seeker, community and the local economy; however, the primary focus must be on helping the job seeker.

For organizations that are interested in applying for funding for Job Creation Partnerships, please see the JCP Letter of Intent Guide and attached documents.

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Labour Market Partnerships  LMP

Provides  funding to organizations to encourage, support and facilitate addressing labour force issues (imbalances) and human resource planning activities which are in the public interest.  LMP also includes the Employer Sponsored Training (EST) program that provides eligible employers with financial assistance to support training activities for employees who would otherwise lose their jobs. 

For organizations that are interested in applying for funding for Labour Market Partnerships, please see the LMP Letter of Intent Guide and attached documents. 

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Project Based Labour Market Training PBLMT

Provides funding to organizations to support projects that provide both benefits to the community and to individuals by providing a combination of on and off the job training delivered under a project based training model to assist eligible individuals obtain the skills they need for employment.  Projects enhance participant’s employability skills by providing training and other supports in a supportive, group environment. Training is supported by a range of activities which may include counselling, vocational and/or learning assessments, work experience, job search skills, mentorship, referral to community resources and post-project follow up.

For organizations that are interested in applying for funding for Project Based Labour Market Training, please see the PBLMT Letter of Intent Guide and attached documents.

Research and Innovation (R and I)

Provides funding to community organizations and partners to undertake research or develop and implement innovative projects (e.g. pilots), processes or practices that strengthen the understanding of the labour market and helps move more Clients into sustainable jobs. R and I uses progressive research and leading edge innovation to discover better ways to help unemployed British Columbian’s join the labour force as quickly as possible.  It is designed to fund untried and untested solutions to labour market problems with the goal of creating employment services of the future.

Enquiries and Letters of Intent for projects can be sent to the regional contact emails listed below.

If your organization is interested in applying for funding under Community and Employer Partnerships, see the Letter of Intent Guide for more information. Enquiries and Letters of Intent for projects can be sent to the regional contact emails listed below:

Employment Services Centres