Community Response Stream

This stream meets the immediate skills training needs of communities impacted by downturns in the forest sector due to old-growth deferrals, changes in forest management practices, mill closures and curtailments, or other forestry-related issues.
Note: The Community Workforce Response Grant is not intended to meet the same needs as the B.C. Employer Training Grant. Please carefully review the objective and criteria of the Community Workforce Response Grant before applying. If you are an employer looking to train new or current employees, the B.C. Employer Training Grant may be the right program for you. Please visit the B.C. Employer Training Grant website to learn more about this program.

The Community Workforce Response Grant is also not intended to meet the needs for those requiring adult upgrading, English language skills, literacy training and basic essential skills. Please visit WorkBC - Essential Skills and Literacy and Skills Training for Employment for resource and program information.

Eligible Applicants:
  • Non-profit service providers serving rural and remote communities
  • First Nations and local governments
  • Unions certified to represent employees under the B.C. Labour Relations Code
  • Major employer in a community with a single resource economy
  • Industry, sector, and employer associations 
  • Skills training providers
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.
  • Eligible costs include skills training, employment support services, participant financial supports, and up to 10% of the total costs of project delivery to support project administration.
Supported Activities:
  • Occupational skills training
  • Employment support services
  • Financial supports for participants such as childcare, transportation and training allowance
Expected Outcome:
People who are unemployed, part-time, seasonal, casual, or precariously employed gain the skills needed to obtain sustainable employment.


Current Status:

Apply now September 13, 2022 – 
December 30, 2022 (4:30pm)
September 26, 2022 – 
February 21, 2023