Emerging Priorities Stream

This stream supports communities experiencing workforce challenges or emerging opportunities that require skills training to address. Some reasons for the shift may be a new economic development opportunity or an ongoing transition in the local labour market that has resulted from 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 employer 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 or precariously employed participants obtain full-time employment or become self-employed.

Current Status:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications Jan 27, 2020 –
March 17, 2020
April 1, 2020 – 
Aug 31, 2020
Intake 2
No longer accepting applications May 20, 2020 – 
August 1, 2020
Sep 1, 2020 –
Dec 31, 2020
Intake 3
No longer accepting applications Oct 26, 2020 – 
Dec 15, 2020
Nov 1, 2020 –
March 1, 2021
Note: When applying online for the Emerging Priorities stream there are two options for skills training dates:
  • If your skills training starts before December 31, 2020, choose the Emerging Priorities stream listed under  “For skills training starting between September 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.”
  • If your skills training starts after January 1, 2021, choose the Emerging Priorities stream listed under  “For skills training starting between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021.”