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 visit the ETG website to learn more about this program.

The CWRG is also not intended to meet the needs for those requiring adult upgrading, English language skills, literacy training and basic essential skills. The B.C. ITA Essential Skills website can help those interested in the trades who want to improve their essential skills. For people experiencing barriers to employment, please visit the Skills Training for Employment website.
 

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.
 

Funding:

  • 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 provincially-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 sustainable employment or become self-employed.
 

Current Status:
 

 INTAKES STATUS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS SKILLS TRAINING START DATES
2021/22
Intake 1
No longer accepting applications March 3, 2021 –
June 4, 2021
April 1, 2021 – 
Aug 31, 2021
2021/22
Intake 2
No longer accepting applications June 10, 2021 – 
Aug 2, 2021
Sep 1, 2021 –
Dec 31, 2021
2021/22
Intake 3
Not started Oct 18, 2021 – 
Nov 30, 2021
Jan 1, 2022 –
March 1, 2022