Refugee Fund

NOTE: The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is now accepting applications from eligible organizations acting on behalf of employers, under the Refugee Fund, for training with start dates between January 1 and March 31, 2017.

Applications for training that starts on or before December 31, 2016, will continue to be accepted under the Refugee Fund until application targets for this training period have been met.

 

The Refugee Fund, providing up to $2 million, allows employers to meet their labour market needs while helping refugees gain skills and employment in British Columbia. Industry/sector associations, employer associations, and union and non-profit organizations working with refugees are eligible to apply. This Refugee Fund will support these organizations to prepare refugees for employment in their particular sector, match refugees to employers and jobs, and deliver job-specific skills training in partnership with employers.

The Refugee Fund supports two types of training: job readiness and job-specific skills training. Job readiness can include:

  • Industry/sector specific skills assessments,
  • Accelerated and specialized English language training, or
  • Industry/sector specific workplace orientation, work experience and other work-related supports.

The intent is not to duplicate existing resources available in the community, such as settlement services, but to complement these resources with a focus on employment.

Out of the $10,000 maximum amount available for CJG training, a maximum of $5,000 is available for the job readiness portion of the training and $5,000 for job specific training. For job-specific skills training, employers must contribute one-third of the cost, with two-thirds of the cost covered by the CJG for up to $5,000.

Training must be completed within 52 weeks and the employer must provide a job to the participant at the end of training.

In addition to meeting the general criteria and eligibility requirements of the CJG, organizations and their partner employers must meet Refugee Fund eligibility criteria.

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Please right click on the links for the forms to save them on your computer before opening the PDF files. If you require a form in French, please contact CJGinfo@gov.bc.ca

Application Instructions

Note: These instructions are only for applicants to the Refugee Fund. If you are not applying to the Refugee Fund, please refer to CJG main page.

Email is the primary form of communication used to provide information to applicants. Please ensure your email is set to receive correspondence from the CJG, so it is not diverted to your junk mail folder.

  1. The organization completes all fields in the Refugee Application form.
  2. The organization signs application. Note: a designated signing authority cannot sign off on behalf of the organization if training is for the designated signing authority. 
  3. The organization submits the application form with any required attachments as a scanned PDF to CJGApplication@gov.bc.ca
  4. Once all documentation has been received, the organization will receive a reference number for future communication. The organization will be notified of a decision within 60 business days of submission.
  5. Upon approval of an application, the Ministry will send an agreement to the organization as well as a reimbursement package with full instructions on how to complete the reimbursement claim. The organization must read, agree to the terms and conditions of the grant, sign and return the agreement to CJGAgreement@gov.bc.ca within the time specified.
  6. The training is delivered according to the training plan.
  7. The organization provides training participants with the Participant Information Form (PIF).
  8. Participants complete all fields ELECTRONICALLY in the PIF. Because of the vulnerability of these participants, the organization may complete the form on the participant’s behalf. However, the form must be signed by the participant, who must understand how and when their personal information will be used and disclosed.
  9. The organization provides the Employer Certification Form to employers. The employer completes all fields in the form.
  10. Reimbursement claims may be submitted after training starts. See Refugee Fund Reimbursement Instructions. These instructions apply only to the Refugee Fund. If you are not submitting a claim under the Refugee Fund, please refer to the How to Claim for Reimbursement page.

Submission Requirements for Participant Information Form

Participant Information Forms are required at the time you apply for reimbursement. Instructions for submitting are below.

For Participants who are currently  Employment Insurance or Income Assistance Clients, Participant Information Forms are required no less than 5 business days prior to the start of training.  Refer to the CJG General Criteria for details.

Reimbursement claims will not be processed until all Participant Information Forms have been received.

Instructions for Submitting Participant Information Forms

A Participant Information Form (PIF) is required for each participant. It must be filled in electronically, NOT by hand. Each question must be answered for the form to be complete. The form should be signed by hand by the participant and dated.

Because of the vulnerability of these participants, the organization may complete the form on the participant’s behalf. However, the form must be signed by the participant, who must understand how and when their personal information will be used and disclosed. Correct and complete information is critical for the Ministry to understand the impacts and results of the program. 

Because the form collects personal and other sensitive information, the Participant must submit the Participant Information Form to the Ministry using the secure upload site: https://canadajobgrantparticipant.jtst.gov.bc.ca

If a participant has concerns about the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information, they should contact the Ministry at CJGInfo@gov.bc.ca