What is the B.C. Employer Training Grant program?

The B.C. Employer Training Grant program (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 is striving 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. 

Jobs continue to change and evolve. For example, some will become more complicated because of innovation and changes in technology. Many workers across the province will likely be affected by automation in some way. Some jobs will involve tasks that are not yet invented. 

As a result, it will be key for those in the labour force to adapt to changing job requirements and to learn new skills and competencies. Employers need to play a critical role in providing opportunities for people to do this.

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

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

  • Employers operating in B.C. (excluding provincial and federal government employers)
  • Self-employed (including contractors)
  • Unions
  • Indigenous governments
Important criteria:
  • Employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is completed
  • The ETG is a cost-shared program. If approved, employers must pay for training and then submit a reimbursement claim. Reimbursement amounts vary between 60% and 100%
  • 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 in good standing with the Province
Please refer to the Eligibility Criteria for additional requirements.

Assessment

Applications are prioritized and no longer assessed solely on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to first-time applicants, small businesses, applicants from disadvantaged regions and applicants from industries facing the greatest challenges acquiring skilled workers. Learn more about B.C.'s labour market and industries.

Decision Appeals
Before submitting an appeal, employers are encouraged to contact the ETG at etg@gov.bc.ca for clarification as to why the application or claim was denied. If you still believe your application or claim should not have been denied and would like to appeal, send your request to ETGappeals@gov.bc.ca.

Stream 1: Foundational Training Stream

This stream supports unemployed and low-skilled British Columbians to gain the essential, transferable and certified skills to increase their job security and obtain good-paying jobs. Industry-recognized credentials, ITA-certified apprenticeship training, occupational certification (e.g., Early Childhood Education certificate, Residential Care Worker certificate, etc.) and essential skills training are eligible. 

At the time of application participants must be unemployed or employed by the applicant and low-skilled, working in a low-skilled occupation or working as an apprentice.

Applications approved under this stream may 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.

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

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.

At the time of application, participants must be unemployed or employed by the applicant employer.

Applications approved under this stream may 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.

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

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. 

​At the time of application, participants must be unemployed or employed by the applicant employer.

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.

Stream 4: Employment Transition Training Stream

This 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 owners/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.

Employers may receive 100 percent of eligible training costs, financial supports and training allowances for participants while in training, up to a maximum of $20,000 per participant. No contribution is required from the employer, but training must align with business needs or opportunities and result in a job or self-employment for the participant.

Learn more about the Employment Transition Training Stream.

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