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 current focus of the Employment Transition Training Stream​ is to support British Columbians impacted by mill closures or curtailments in B.C.

To be eligible under the Employment Transition Training Stream, participants must live in an impacted community and be unemployed or current employees that will obtain a better or different job as a result of training. This includes individuals who are self-employed (including contractors).

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 his or her employment status and skill level prior to training. 

Intake Periods:

Intake 1
Open Oct 25, 2019 Oct 25, 2019 –
March 31, 2020
Intake 1
Open Feb 3, 2020 April 1–
Aug 31, 2020
Intake 2
Not Started June 1, 2020 Sep 1 – 
Dec 31, 2020
Intake 3
Not Started Oct 1, 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 apply for 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, receipts must verify this information.

Eligible training: 

  • Essential skills (defined here) training must be delivered by a B.C. public post-secondary institution or a private training institution designated (and program approved) by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB).
  • Trades training must be certified by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Visit the ITA website for a full list of certified trades as well as Designated Training Providers.
  • Occupational Certifications must be granted by an organization with the authority to set standards required to practice an occupation. Example certificates include the Residential Care Worker Certificate and Early Childhood Education Certificate.
  • Industry-recognized training results in credentials that are transferable and recognized by employers across an industry. Examples include health and safety training (e.g. WHMIS, first aid), hospitality training (e.g. FoodSafe Level 1, Serving it Right) and computer or software training (e.g. Microsoft, Cisco).
  • Technical training needed to develop new skills required to operate machinery, equipment or use software, an application or program; or training needed for the successful adoption of new technological systems, including new manufacturing, production and construction methods.
  • Business skills:
    • Management skills such as strategic planning, leadership, recruiting and hiring 
    • Business improvement skills such as marketing, performance management, communication and sales 
    • Other soft skills such as project management, professional communication and cross-cultural competency

Training programs cannot be more than 52 weeks in duration; if a certificate program is longer than 52 weeks, applicants 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 better or different job for an impacted worker;
  • A job for an unemployed person; or
  • Self-employment