Skills Training for Economic Recovery Stream

This stream provides short-term skills training to people impacted by COVID-19 so they can develop the knowledge, skills and competencies for good job opportunities while the economy recovers. 

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 for those requiring adult upgrading, English language skills, literacy training and basic essential skills. The B.C. ITA Essential Skills website can help those interested in the trades who want to improve their essential skills. For people experiencing barriers to employment, please visit the Skills Training for Employment website.

Eligible Applicants:

  • B.C. public and private post-secondary institutions
  • B.C. private training institutions certified under the Private Training Act by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training
  • Aboriginal-controlled institutes
  • ITA-designated trade schools
  • Union halls and training boards
  • Industry, sector and employer associations

Please refer to the Skills Training for Economic Recovery Stream Criteria for a complete list of eligibility requirements. 


  • The maximum funding per participant is $8,000. 
  • Recommended minimum number of participants per cohort is 8.
  • Multiple applications from one applicant will be accepted.
  • Eligible costs include skills training, employment assistance services, participant financial supports, and up to 10% of the total costs of project delivery to support project administration.

Expected Outcome:

Projects are intended to help people gain job-related skills, reattach to the labour market and prepare for current and emerging job opportunities as B.C.’s economy recovers.

Current Status:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications May 25, 2021 – 
December 31, 2021 (4:30 pm)
June 8, 2021 – 
February 28, 2022