Employment Transition Training Stream

The Employment Transition Training Stream supports British Columbians from an impacted community that are unemployed, at risk of losing their job or those who require training needed to secure different or better jobs. This includes owner/operators and contractors. An impacted community is one that has experienced a significant shift in labour needs due to events such as a natural disaster or the closure or curtailment of operations of a major employer.

The Employment Transition Training Stream is currently only accepting applications that support British Columbians impacted by mill closures or curtailments in B.C.

To be eligible under the Employment Transition Training Stream, either the employer or participants must have been impacted by mill closures or curtailments in British Columbia. This includes individuals who are self-employed, such as contractors. Training must be relevant to the current or future needs of the business and/or the participant’s job.

Please refer to the Eligibility Criteria for a complete list of eligibility requirements. 

Each participant will be required to complete a Participant Information Form (PIF) to confirm eligibility.

Intake Periods:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications Feb 3, 2020 April 1–
Aug 31, 2020
Intake 2
Apply now June 1, 2020 Sep 1 – 
Dec 31, 2020
Intake 3
Not started Nov 2, 2020 Jan 1 – 
March 31, 2021

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 for training, participant financial supports and training allowances. 

Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). Participants are not to pay for training or any training-related expenses. All costs are to be paid for in full by the employer and receipts must verify this information.

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 programs cannot be more than 52 weeks in duration; if a certificate program is longer than 52 weeks, employers will need to apply for each course separately.

Applications submitted to the wrong stream will be denied. Once submitted, applications cannot be moved from one stream to another. Please review the resource document Choosing the Right Stream before applying.

Expected outcomes:

  • A job for an unemployed person
  • A better job* for an impacted worker
  • Self-employment

*A “better job” is defined as:

  • Increased job security (i.e. training will ensure the participant can maintain employment)
  • 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