Unemployed Stream

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CJG APPLICATIONS AFTER MARCH 31, 2017

Effective April 1, 2017, applications to the Canada-BC Job Grant program will need to be submitted through a new CJG administration system. Applications to the Refugee Fund as well as those from Organizations Acting on Behalf of Employers will continue to be accepted through email/PDF forms until an update to the system is released. The new CJG administration system will streamline the application process for employers by creating an electronic platform for the submission of applications, agreements and claims. Employers will be able to create, copy, and save applications.
 
To access this new system, all applicants to the CJG will require a Business BCeID account. While it takes 15 minutes to complete the application process for a BCeID, it can take up to 3 weeks to receive your BCeID. If you already have a BCeID, you do not need to do anything further. If you do not have a BCeID, please ensure you apply as early as possible to avoid any delays in the CJG application process after March 31, 2017. For information and instructions on registration for BCeID, please click on the link below: https://www.bceid.ca/register/

Current Status

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

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

The new Unemployed Stream of the CJG can cover up to 100% of eligible costs of training for unemployed individuals, to a maximum of $15,000 per participant per fiscal year.

The purpose of the Unemployed Stream is to support employers to hire unemployed British Columbians and to assist unemployed British Columbians to obtain skills training resulting in permanent employment at the end of the training.  Up to $2 million is available to employers to cover training costs of unemployed participants.  Of the $2 million, $500,000 will be targeted to small businesses (employers with 50 staff or less) and $500,000 will be targeted to Retail, Hospitality, Agriculture and Aquaculture sectors. The remaining $1 million is open to other BC employers.

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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.

Unemployed Stream Criteria

In addition to meeting the general criteria and eligibility requirements of the CJG, the following criteria apply to the CJG Unemployed Stream.

NOTE: If you are applying under the Unemployed Stream for Participants who may currently be Employment Insurance or Income Assistance Clients, Participant Information Forms must be submitted no less than 5 business days prior to the start of training. Refer to the CJG General Criteria for details.

Unemployed participants

Participants must be either
  1. Unemployed prior to the start of training, or
  2. hired by the employer no more than one month prior to the date of application to the CJG.
For the purpose of the Unemployed Stream, an unemployed participant is:
  • not working;
  • actively seeking full-time employment; and
  • legally entitled to work in BC.
In addition, the Participant cannot have worked for the employer for more than three consecutive months during the fiscal year of the application (April 1 to March 31 of the following year), unless the Participant is a seasonal or casual worker that will be hired for permanent full time employment at the end of the training.

Proof of unemployment will be required from participants when submitting the Participant Information Form (PIF). Documentation can be uploaded on the secure upload site along with the PIF form.
 
Acceptable documentation includes, but is not limited to:
  • Record of Employment;
  • Recent Notice of Termination from last employer;
  • Itemized statement of benefits paid (a breakdown of Employment Insurance benefits received during a calendar year);
  • Confirmation of Income Assistance income

If a Social Insurance Number (SIN) is included on any documentation, the SIN must be blacked out.

Where an unemployed person has been out of the labour force for a significant period of time such that they have no other documentation, a signed statement confirming the last period of employment (if any) and the reason for the gap in employment may be accepted. In addition to meeting these criteria, the employer must provide a permanent, full-time job at the end of the training to the participant.

Permanent, full-time employment

Generally, permanent, full-time employment means:
  • Employment that is expected to be 52 weeks or more in duration, and
  • Is over 20 hours per week.
Some exceptions may apply, for instance:
  • employment of less than 20 hours per week for an unemployed person with a disability; or
  • employment of less than 52 weeks for an unemployed youth (aged 15 to 24) seeking summer employment.
Employers must pay for the full cost of training and can claim reimbursement for 100% eligible training cost within 30 business days of the start of training. Note claims for reimbursement will not be processed until all documentation is received, including documentation that the participant has been permanently employed. Refer to the Reimbursement page for more detail.

Application Instructions

These application instructions are for the Unemployed Stream only. Before applying, please review both the General Criteria and the Unemployed Stream Criteria to ensure eligibility requirements have been met.

Please ensure your email is set to receive correspondence from the CJG so it is not diverted to your Junk Mail folder. This is the primary form of communication used to provide information to applicants.

Instructions for Employer Applications
  1. The Employer completes ALL fields electronically in the Application form.
  2. The Employer signs application. 
  3. Employer provides training participants with Participant Information Form (PIF). If the employer has not identified the unemployed participant at the time of application, please select Unidentified Participant in the Application Form. PIF forms must be submitted prior to the start of training. 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. If it is found that a participant is not eligible at the time of training, the employer will be responsible for all training costs incurred. Refer to the CJG General Criteria for details.
  4. Employer submits application form with any required attachments as a scanned PDF (e.g. Private Training Provider information and other required documentation) to CJGApplication@gov.bc.ca
  5. Participant completes all fields electronically in the PIF and submits to the CJG secure upload site located at https://canadajobgrantupload.jtst.gov.bc.ca
    • Once all documentation has been received, the employer will receive a reference number for future communications. The employer will be notified of a decision within 60 business days of submission. 
  6. Upon approval of an application, the Ministry will send an agreement to the employer as well as a Reimbursement Claim Package with full instructions on how to complete. 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.
  7. Train the participant(s).
  8. Reimbursement claims must be submitted within 30 business days after training starts. Visit the How To Claim for Reimbursement page for instructions.

Instructions for Applications from Organizations Acting on Behalf of Employers

In this situation, the Organization (organization acting on behalf of employers) applies on behalf of a group of employers and the Organization becomes the applicant and agreement holder. 
  1. Organization completes ALL fields electronically in the Organization Acting on Behalf of Employers application form.
  2. The organization provides with the Employer Certification Form and Participant Information Forms (PIF) for completion. If the employer has not identified the Unemployed Participant at the time of application, please select Unidentified Participant in the Application Form. PIF forms must be submitted prior to the start of training. 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. If it is found that a participant is not eligible at the time of training, the employer will be responsible for all training costs incurred. Refer to the CJG General Criteria for details.
  3. Organization electronically signs the Organization Acting on Behalf of Employers Application form and gathers the electronically signed Employer Certification Form(s). 
  4. Organization submits Application form, Employer Certification form(s) and any required attachments (as a scanned PDF) to CJGApplication@gov.bc.ca
  5. Participants complete all fields in the PIF and submit to the CJG secure upload site located at https://canadajobgrantupload.jtst.gov.bc.ca
    • Once all documentation has been received, the Organization will receive a reference number for future reference and 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 an 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.
  7. Train the participant.
  8. Reimbursement claims must be submitted within 30 business days after training starts. Visit 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 by the participant.

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://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