Grant Overview

B.C. is striving to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy with a focus on poverty and inequality reduction. We are working to create good-paying jobs for British Columbians, while ensuring people from every background have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

The Community Workforce Response Grant program (CWRG) provides on average up to $10 million a year in funding for communities and sectors to support in-demand skills training leading to secure and sustainable employment for British Columbians who are training-ready and seeking to re-enter the labour force or to change their employment status. Priority is given to training projects offering occupational certifications, especially for in-demand skills. Visit WorkBC to explore high opportunity and in-demand skills that are vital to build B.C.’s economy.

A key goal of the grant is to provide flexible and timely responses to emerging and urgent labour and skills needs in B.C.’s communities and sectors.

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 of those requiring adult upgrading, English language skills, literacy training or basic essential skills. Please visit WorkBC - Essential Skills and Literacy and Skills Training for Employment for resource and program information.

For information on application evaluation please refer to “Eligibility Criteria and Application Evaluation” under Eligibility Criteria.

Stream 1: The Emerging Priorities Stream supports communities experiencing workforce challenges or emerging opportunities that require occupational 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.

Eligible applicants under this stream are:
  • Non-profit service providers
  • Local governments
  • Unions
  • Major employer in a community with a single resource economy
Stream 2: The Indigenous Communities Stream provides funding to Indigenous communities for the occupational skills training and supports needed to meet local labour market needs.
Eligible applicants under this stream are:
  • First Nations governments
  • Tribal Councils
  • Province-wide Indigenous organizations
  • Indigenous-owned or directed non-profit social agencies
  • Friendship centers whose aim is to serve First Nations, Métis or Inuit people.
Stream 3: The Workforce Shortages Stream supports sectors and industries in addressing immediate workforce shortages within the in-demand occupations. It provides funding for occupational skills training and employment supports for British Columbians who are currently unemployed, precariously employed, or employed on a part-time or seasonal basis.
Eligible applicants under this stream are:
  • Industry, sector and employer associations
  • Union halls and training boards

Funding for Streams 1-3:

  • 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