Community Response Stream

 This stream is intended to meet the immediate skills training needs of communities facing significant changes in labour needs. Significant shifts in labour market needs may be due to events such as a natural disaster or the closure or curtailment of operations of a major employer. This intake will focus on communities impacted by mill closures or curtailments.
Note: The CWRG program is not intended to meet the same needs as the B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG). Please carefully review the objective and criteria of the CWRG program before applying. If you are an employer looking to train new or current employees, the ETG program may be the right program for you. Please go to to learn more about the ETG program.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Non-profit service providers
  • Local governments
  • Unions
  • Major employers in a community with a single resource economy
  • Other relevant representatives supported by the community
  • Sector organizations training impacted workers for new jobs
Please refer to the Community Response Stream Criteria for a complete list of eligibility requirements.


  • The maximum funding per application is $300,000
  • The maximum funding per participant is $20,000 per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
    ​This amount is cumulative across CWRG-funded projects within the same fiscal year.

Supported Activities:

  • Skills training
  • Employment assistance services
  • Financial supports for participants such as childcare and transportation
  • Training allowance

Expected Outcome:

Unemployed or precariously employed participants obtain full-time employment or become self-employed.

Current Status:

Currently accepting applications from communities impacted by mill closures and curtailments.