Indigenous Communities Stream

This stream provides funding to Indigenous communities so they can develop the skills people need for employment or self-employment.
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:

  • First Nations, including band or tribal councils
  • 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 for each participant is $15,000 per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
Supported activities:
  • Employment assistance services
  • Skills training
  • Financial support for participants
Expected outcome:
Unemployed or underemployed Indigenous participants obtain full-time employment or become self-employed.

Current status:
Intake 1
No longer accepting applications December 3, 2018 April 1, 2019 – 
August 31, 2019
Intake 2
Open* June 3, 2019 – 
July 8, 2019
September 1, 2019 – 
December 31, 2019
*Assessment of applications may take up to 60 calendar days.