Underrepresented groups in the workforce

In January 2016, the Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) opened a new stream targeted at training for new Canadians. This stream has been expanded to include B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint priority groups: Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and youth (aged 15-24). It also includes women who work in or are being trained to work in Trades and the Natural Resource Sectors. The purpose of this stream is to ensure that people who face barriers to participation in the labour market are supported through the CJG.

NOTE: The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is now accepting applications from eligible employers, and organizations acting on behalf of employers, under the Underrepresented Groups Stream, for training with start dates between January 1 and March 31,2017. For further information on eligibility requirements of the program, see CJG criteria. Applications under the Underrepresented Groups stream will be assessed on a priority basis.

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

Employers delivering skills training to individuals in one of these underrepresented groups can apply under this stream of the CJG. If a participant is not a member of an underrepresented group, the employer may be eligible to apply under another CJG stream.

Up to $1 million in CJG funding is available to employers applying to train

  • new Canadians who are
    • refugees landed in Canada, or
    • protected persons entitled to work in Canada, or
    • landed immigrants to Canada within the past five years or less
  • Aboriginal people
  • persons with disabilities
  • youth (aged 15-24)
  • Women in Trades and Natural Resource Sectors

The maximum allowable grant per person is $10,000 per participant per fiscal year. Employers must contribute one-third of the cost of training. The grant will cover two-thirds of the cost. The employer must have a job for the participant at the end of training.

Application Instructions

Please note: Before applying, please review the criteria to make sure that eligibility requirements have been met.

Please ensure that your email is set to receive correspondence from the CJG so it is not diverted to your junk mail folder.  This is the main form of communication used to inform applicants.

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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.

Employer Applications

  1. The employer completes ALL fields electronically in the application form.
  2. The employer signs the application. Note: a designated signing authority cannot sign off on behalf of the employer if training is for the designated signing authority.
  3. The employer submits the application form, with any required attachments, as a scanned PDF (e.g., if the employer chooses a private trainer, the employer would scan the application form and training provider information) to CJGApplication@gov.bc.ca
  4. Once all documentation has been received by the CJG, the employer will receive a reference number for future communication. The employer will be notified of a decision within 60 business days of submission.
  5. Upon approval of an application, the Ministry will send the Agreement to the employer, as well as a reimbursement claim package with full instructions on how to complete the forms within it. The employer must read, agree to the terms and conditions of the grant, sign and return the Agreement to CJGAgreement@gov.bc.ca within the specified time.
  6. The employer delivers training according to the training plan.

Organizations Acting on Behalf of Employers

In this situation, the organization acting on behalf of employers applies on behalf of a group of employers and the organization becomes the applicant and agreement holder. 

  1. The organization completes ALL fields electronically in the Organization Acting on Behalf of Employers Application Form.
  2. The organization provides employers with the Employer Certification Form and Participant Information Forms (PIFs) for completion.
  3. The organization electronically signs the Organization Acting on Behalf of Employers Application Form and gathers the electronically signed Employer Certification Form(s).
  4. The organization submits the application form, Employer Certification Form, and any attachments as a scanned PDF (e.g., if the employer chooses a private trainer, the organization would scan both the application form and training provider information) to CJGApplication@gov.bc.ca
  5. 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.
  6. Upon approval of an application, the Ministry will send the Agreement to the organization as well as a reimbursement claim package with full instructions on how to complete. 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 specified time.

 The organization or employer delivers training according to the training plan.

Submission Requirements for Participant Information Forms

Participant Information Forms (PIFs) are required at the time you submit your claim for reimbursement. Find submission instructions 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.

Reimbursement claims must be submitted within 30 business days after training starts. Read the How To Claim for Reimbursement page for instructions.

Instructions for Submitting Participant Information Forms

Each participant must fill in their own Participant Information Form (PIF) electronically, NOT by hand. Each question must be answered for the form to be complete. The form should then be uploaded to the secure upload site.

Because the form collects personal and other sensitive information, the Participant must submit the Participant Information Form directly to the Ministry using the secure upload site: https://canadajobgrantupload.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