Grant Overview

The Province of British Columbia (B.C.) has negotiated a new Workforce Development Agreement (WDA) with the Government of Canada that replaces the Canada-BC Job Fund Agreement and other agreements. The new WDA provides B.C. with more funding and flexibility to better address provincial labour market needs.

B.C. strives 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 (CWRG) provides up to $10 million a year in funding for communities and industries to support in-demand skills training leading to secure and sustainable employment for unemployed or underemployed (part-time, seasonal or casual) British Columbians. 

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 go to to learn more about the ETG program.

Stream 1: The Emerging Priorities 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.

Eligible applicants under this stream are:
  • 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
Stream 2: The Indigenous Communities Stream provides funding to Indigenous communities so they can develop the skills people need for employment or self-employment.
Eligible applicants under this stream are:
  • First Nations, including band or tribal councils
  • Indigenous organizations that 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 skills training and employment services for unemployed or underemployed British Columbians.
Eligible applicants under this stream are:
  • Industry or sector associations
  • Employer associations


  • 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.