What's New

(September 28, 2022)
 
Due to a high volume of applications, the CWRG will delay opening its third intake for applications submitted under the Indigenous Communities, Emerging Priorities and Workforce Shortages streams until October 31, 2022. The third intake will accept applications with training start dates between January 2 and February 21, 2023.  It is highly recommended that applicants submit grant applications as far in advance as possible of the intake closing date of November 25, 2022.
 
Please ensure your application is complete, including all the required documents. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.  For a list of required documents, please refer to Application Prep Checklist & Support and User Guides & Reference Documents.

(September 14, 2022)
 
The Community Response stream is now available to support communities experiencing workforce challenges or emerging opportunities as a result of old-growth deferral impacts or a downturn in the forest sector. Only communities directly affected by rapid changes in the forest sector will be eligible for project delivery. Please review the Community Response stream criteria for more details. Applicants are encouraged to contact us at CWRG@gov.bc.ca to confirm eligibility before applying.

(September 7, 2022)

Application Decisions
Due to the high volume of applications, a decision on your grant application can take up to 60 days. There could be further delays if the application is incomplete.

To prevent delays, please ensure your application is complete and accompanied by all the required documents. For a list of required documents, please refer to Application Prep Checklist & Support and User Guides & Reference Documents.

As a reminder, all applicants must submit a completed B.C. Certificate of Insurance (form FIN173) with their grant application. This form must be completed by the applicant’s insurance broker. Proof of insurance is not required from third-party service providers. Please do not submit a copy of an insurance policy or its summary.  Exceptions to this requirement are institutions covered by the following programs: Schools Protection Program, Health Care Protection Program, the Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange, and the University, College and Institute Protection Program.

It is recommended to submit grant applications as far in advance as possible of the Intake closing date. Please check the CWRG stream web pages for intake deadlines.

Projects with Practicums or Work Experience
Practicums and work experience can be effective methods of training. If your proposal includes non-regulated credential training and you are including a practicum or work experience as part of your training project, please complete the Practicum Training List (PDF) and upload it with your application.

Examples of non-regulated credential training:
  • administrative accounting and bookkeeping
  • supply chain management, network administrator training
  • electrical foundations
  • hospitality operation training
Examples of regulated credential training:
  • primary care paramedic certification
  • health care aide certification
  • early childhood education assistant certification
  • dental assistant certification

(June 2, 2022)

A new CWRG stream will open soon that aligns with the priorities outlined in the StrongerBC Economic Plan. The Skills Training for Economic Recovery stream is designed to provide short-term occupational skills training to British Columbians so they can gain job-related knowledge, skills and competencies to quickly secure sustainable employment. The CWRG provides 100% funding for short-term occupational skills training (52 weeks or less) for cohort-based projects.
 
Participants must be unemployed or precariously employed (part time, seasonal and/or casual) and be training-ready. Preference will be given to projects that target high opportunity occupations and projects that assist people entering the trades, specifically apprentice foundation training. Full-time apprentices with sponsors are not eligible for funding.
 
While the maximum funding per participant is $8,000, funding per participant in trades and industrial training, and any regulated training, will be considered in accordance with industry standards. Eligible participant costs include skills training, basic employment support services, and participant financial supports such as childcare, PPE, and transportation. Up to 10% of the total costs of project delivery can be claimed to support project administration.
 
Eligible applicants for funding include B.C. public post-secondary institutions; private-post secondary institutions with approved programs by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training; ITA-designated trade schools including union-affiliated trainers recognized by ITA; Aboriginal-controlled institutes; unions certified to represent employees under the B.C. Labour Relations Code; and industry, sector and employer associations.
 
If you have any questions about the stream or application submission, please contact our team at CWRG@gov.bc.ca and a Program Manager will contact you within 24 hours.