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. 

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

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 Oct 1, 2020 Jan 1 – 
March 31, 2021

Funding amounts: 

Under this stream, employers may 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. 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 a current employee.

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 training includes, but is not limited to:

  • Management Skills: Developing skills in strategic planning, leading and motivating, allocating and controlling resources, evaluating, co-ordinating and organizing, recruiting and hiring, supervising and leadership.
  • Business Skills: Developing skills to increase sales, marketing, social media marketing and communication, streamline processes and organizational structures, and change management.
  • Soft Skills: Developing personal management skills required by the current labour market. Soft skills are personal skills and characteristics required by employers across different sectors and at different stages of an employee’s career.
Once submitted, applications cannot be moved from one stream to another. Please review the resource document Choosing the Right Stream before applying. 

Expected outcomes:

  • Employers contribute to skills training of their current or new employees
  • Employers report increased workplace productivity   
  • Participant has a job (where participant was unemployed prior to training) or better job* at the end of training
*A “better job” is defined as:
  • Increased job security (i.e. training will ensure the participant can maintain employment)
  • Improved pay
  • Promotion or advancement to another position
  • Move from part-time to full-time employment
  • Move from temporary/casual/seasonal employment to permanent employment