Indigenous Communities Stream

The Indigenous Communities Stream provides funding to communities for the skills training and supports needed to meet local labour market needs.
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.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Indigenous governments, such as First Nations
  • Indigenous organizations that serve First Nations, Métis or Inuit people
Please refer to the Indigenous Communities 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 Indigenous 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 – 
Aug 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 Indigenous Communities stream there are two options for project delivery dates:
  • If your project delivery starts before December 31, 2020, choose the Indigenous Communities stream listed under  “For delivery starting between September 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.”
  • If your project delivery starts after January 1, 2021, choose the Indigenous Communities stream listed under  “For delivery starting between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021.”