Indigenous Communities Stream

This stream provides funding to communities for the occupational skills training and supports needed to meet local labour market needs.
Note: The Community Workforce Response Grant program is not intended to meet the same needs as the B.C. Employer Training Grant. Please carefully review the objective and criteria of the Community Workforce Response Grant program before applying. If you are an employer looking to train new or current employees, the Employer Training Grant program may be the right program for you. Please visit the Employer Training Grant website to learn more about this program.

The Community Workforce Response Grant 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.

Eligible Applicants:

  • 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
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 Community Workforce Response Grant funded projects within the same fiscal year

Supported Activities:

  • Occupational skills training
  • Employment support services
  • Financial support for participants

Expected Outcome:

Unemployed, part-time, seasonal, casual, or precariously employed Indigenous participants obtain sustainable employment.

Current Status*:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications March 31, 2022 –
June 3, 2022 (4:30pm)
May 16, 2022 – 
Aug 29, 2022
Intake 2
No longer accepting applications June 13, 2022 – 
July 29, 2022 (4:30pm)
Sep 6, 2022 –
Dec 28, 2022
Intake 3
No longer accepting applications Oct 26, 2022 – Dec 30, 2022 (4:30pm) Jan 2, 2023 –
February 21, 2023
*May be subject to change