What's New

(March 25, 2022)

It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training to ensure British Columbians can access affordable, relevant, and responsive education and skills training programs. The Community Workforce Response Grant works with communities, industries and sectors to address labour and skills shortages as the province undergoes rapid economic transformation and change.

In order to respond to key workforce challenges across the economy, the Community Workforce Response Grant continues to revise its eligibility criteria.

For applicants applying in the 2022-2023 fiscal year, please read the criteria for each stream carefully to ensure your project meets changes to the eligibility criteria. Some of these changes include:

  • an emphasis on occupational skills training to meet workforce demands.
  • participants being training-ready and able to enter the workforce as soon as possible.
  • a more collaborative approach to projects where the outcome is self-employment.
  • ensuring all participants in a training cohort receive basic employment supports.
  • an emphasis on employment outcomes as the key performance indicator for a successful project.

Please note: Due to volume of applications, the CWRG program may not be able to accommodate applications with start dates prior to May 16, 2022.

If you have any questions about the Community Workforce Response Grant, you are encouraged to consult the Frequently Asked Questions or contact CWRG@gov.bc.ca prior to applying.

(March 10, 2022)
On March 9, 2022, the Community Workforce Response Grant (CWRG) online application system underwent a technical upgrade. The new url address for the CWRG online application system can be found by clicking on Skills Training Grants System.
For ease of access, you may wish to bookmark this address or pin it your taskbar or favorites bar.

Should you experience difficulty accessing the online application system, please contact CWRG@gov.bc.ca.

(February 16, 2022)
The provincial fiscal year, 2021-2022, ends on March 31, 2022. CWRG funds are now fully committed.
The CWRG expects to accept submissions for the new fiscal year (2022-2023) in mid-March 2022. Please visit this website regularly to confirm the first date for submissions.

As the program evolves to meet the diverse challenges in the labour market, the CWRG is constantly reviewing and revising its criteria to meet those challenges. Since each CWRG stream meets different needs in the province, carefully review each stream criteria prior to applying. Proposals that strongly align with stream criteria have a higher probability of being assessed quickly and awarded funding.
For those applicants wishing to train full-time employees, please consider the B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG). Communities wishing to assist people experiencing barriers to employment, please visit the Skills Training for Employment (STE) website.

(January 13, 2022)

Sharing success stories with the Ministry of participants who have completed skills training is important for two reasons: It encourages other participants to consider training and reflects well on the Agreement holder when applying for further funding. It is recommended that Agreement holders submit at least one success story (per funded project) from a participant. The participant’s success story should speak to the impact training is making in their life.  For more information on sharing success stories of CWRG funded participants, see “Success Stories” under the User Guide & Reference Documents tab.

(October 28, 2021)

New provincial rules protecting young workers came into effect on October 15, 2021 and bring the province of B.C. in line with international child labour standards and other provinces in Canada. Due to these changes, and to minimize confusion for applicants and potential employers, the CWRG is changing its minimum eligible age for participant funding from 15 to 16 years of age.

While this change will be reflected in the stream eligibility criteria immediately, changes to our online application system (Skills Training Grants System - STG) and auto-generated CWRG Agreements may take longer. Any reference to the minimum age for funding in auto-generated documents or STG should be read as 16 years of age. This includes reference to underrepresented or vulnerable youth, which should be read as "Youth (aged 16 to 29)" and "Youth at risk, including youth in care or former youth in care (aged 16 to 29)".

(October 7, 2021)

To enhance service delivery, and to support the province’s economic recovery, the CWRG will update the eligibility criteria effective October 18, 2021. In addition, criteria language will be updated to improve clarity across all streams. Applicants are encouraged to review updated stream eligibility criteria, beginning October 18, before applying.

Highlighted changes include:

  • Skills training will be focused on occupational training and credentialing that allows participants to develop skills required for a specific job or occupation. This kind of skills training has demonstrated the highest likelihood of leading to CWRG’s primary objective: secure and sustainable employment for participants.​
    • ​Short-Term Orientation and Certificate training (STOC) will be considered a subset of training within a larger occupational training goal.
    • Essential and soft skills training will continue to be funded within the Employment Assistance Service Component for participants requiring these supports.

  • Application evaluation will place an increased emphasis on ensuring training proposals align with community needs by demonstrating employer support of the training project.

  • Self-employment training will be more focused on communities’ identified demand for specific goods and/or services. This increased focus better ensures successful self-employment for entrepreneurs who receive training.

  • All stream criteria will include a set of definitions for clarity, Appendix D.