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:

  • Utilities
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Information and cultural industries
  • Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing
  • Management of companies and enterprises
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Other services (except public administration)
  • Agriculture
For a description of each of these 10 sectors and a complete list of eligibility requirements for this stream, please review the C19 Impacted Worker Training stream Eligibility Criteria.

Funding Amounts

Under the C19 Impacted Worker Training Stream, employers may receive 100 percent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year.

Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). All costs are to be paid for in full by the employer. Before reimbursements are made, receipts will be used to verify that participants do not pay for training or any training-related expenses.

Eligible Participants

At the time of application, participants must be one of the following: 

  • Unemployed but will be employed by the applicant upon completion of training
  • Employed by the applicant and requiring new skills necessary for the employer’s business to survive, recover and/or grow 
  • Employed by another employer in an impacted sector but working reduced hours due to COVID-19 and will be employed full-time by the applicant upon completion of training

As part of the application process, employers will be asked to identify the sector of the participant(s) and how their employment has been impacted by COVID-19.

To ensure eligibility, participants will need to submit their Participant Information Forms as part of the application. Participants will be required to disclose their employment status and identify their job title before and after training.

Eligible Training

Employers will be required to demonstrate that training aligns with the current or future needs of their business and the available job. 

Important: Private training supported through this stream must be delivered by an institution designated (and program approved) by the Private Training Institutions Branch. 

Training cannot be longer than 52 weeks in length. The ETG is not a bursary program and does not fund diploma or degree programs, in full or in part.

Expected Outcomes

The result of the training must be improved job-related skills leading to a job for an unemployed person, or a better job for an impacted worker. A “better job” is defined as:

  • Increased pay
  • Promotion or advancement to another position
  • Move from part-time to full-time employment
  • Move from temporary/casual/seasonal employment to permanent employment 
  • Increased job security (i.e. training will ensure the participant can maintain employment)

Please review the C19 Impacted Worker Training Stream Eligibility Criteria for more details before applying. Once submitted, applications cannot be moved from one stream to another. 

Intake Periods:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications March 4, 2021 April 1 – 
Aug 31, 2021
Intake 2
Apply now June 25, 2021 Sep 1, 2021 –
March 31, 2022