What is the B.C. Employer Training Grant?

The B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG) supports skills training to address provincial labour market needs. The program is delivered by the Province of British Columbia and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA).

The Province strives to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy with a focus on reducing poverty and inequality. We are working to create good-paying jobs for British Columbians while ensuring people from every background can reach their full potential. 

The goal of the ETG is to help British Columbians access the skills training they need to adapt to the changing requirements of jobs and the labour market while encouraging employer involvement in the training of their employees. 

This program is designed to assist employers in providing skills training to new or current employees that will develop skills and certification, upgrade skills needed due to automation and enhance productivity. 

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. Receipts must verify this information.

Eligible employers:

  • All private and non-profit employers operating in B.C. 
  • Unions and First Nations governments, including Indigenous band councils

Additional criteria:

  • Employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is completed
  • Employers must submit their application on their own behalf, using their Business BCeID (third parties cannot apply on an employer’s behalf)
  • Employers must be registered on the Corporate Registry with B.C. Registry Services for at least one year at the time of application
  • The Ministry must be satisfied that the employer has been fully operational for at least one year at the time of application
  • Employers must be in good standing with the Province

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

There are three streams under which employers can apply, based on the type of skills training needed.

Stream 1: Foundational Training Stream

This stream supports unemployed, underemployed and low-skilled British Columbians to gain the essential, transferable and certified skills to increase their job security and obtain good-paying jobs. Industry or sector certification, apprenticeship and trades training, early childhood education certification, and accredited essential skills training fall under this category. 

Applications approved under this stream will receive 100 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant. No contribution is required from the employer, but employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is completed.

Learn more about the Foundational Training stream.

Stream 2: Technical Training Stream

This stream supports employers to train current or new employees in technical skills in response to automation and technological advancements, such as new software, technology or machinery; or training needed for the successful adoption of new technological systems, including new manufacturing, production and construction methods.

Applications approved under this stream will receive 80 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant. The employer is required to contribute the remaining 20 percent and employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is completed.

Learn more about the Technical Training stream.

Stream 3: Workforce Training Stream

This stream is designed to support any training that aligns with an employer’s business needs, including the development of management, business and soft skills. 

Applications approved under this stream will receive 60 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $5,000 per participant. The employer is required to contribute the remaining 40 percent and employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is completed.

Learn more about the Workforce Training stream.

The resource document Choosing the Right Stream is available to assist you in your stream selection.