Emerging Priorities Stream

This stream supports communities undergoing a significant shift in the local labour market. Some reasons for the shift may be an industry closure or expansion, a natural disaster such as a forest fire or a flood, or other conditions that have impacted employment in the community.
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 www.workbc.ca/bcemployertraininggrant 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; or
  • Other relevant representatives supported by the community
Please refer to the Emerging Priorities Stream Criteria for a complete list of eligibility requirements.


  • The maximum funding per application is $300,000
  • The maximum funding per participant is $15,000 per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31). This amount is cumulative across CWRG-funded projects within the same fiscal year.

Supported Activities:

  • Employment assistance services
  • Skills training
  • Financial support for participants

Expected Outcome:

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

Current Status:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications Dec 3, 2018 April 1, 2019 – 
Aug 31, 2019
Intake 2
No longer accepting applications June 3, 2019 -
July 8, 2019
Sep 1, 2019 –
Dec 31, 2019