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.

Please refer to the Employment Transition Training Stream Eligibility Criteria for a complete list of eligibility requirements for this stream.

Funding Amounts

Under the Employment Transition Training Stream, employers may receive 100 percent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 per participant per fiscal year for training, participant financial supports and training allowances.

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

This stream supports those who have been impacted by mill closures or curtailments and who require skills training to obtain new or better job opportunities. At the time of application participants must be unemployed, employed by the applicant employer, or self-employed (including contractors).

Employers will need to ensure participants complete and submit an electronic Participant Information Form (PIF). Participants will be required to disclose their employment status and to 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. Self-employed applicants will be required to demonstrate that training aligns with the needs of a current or future business opportunity.

Training cannot be longer than 52 weeks in length. The ETG is not a bursary program and does not fund full diploma or degree programs. Individual post-secondary courses are eligible, but each course should be relevant to the immediate needs of the business and the available job for the employee, and each course must be applied for in a separate application.

Expected Outcomes

The immediate 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, or self-employment. 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 Employment Transition Training Stream Eligibility Criteria for more details before applying. Once submitted, applications cannot be moved from one stream to another. 

Intake Periods:

This stream is no longer accepting applications. Other funding streams are available to support unemployed or precariously employed British Columbians in impacted communities.