Workforce Shortages Stream

This stream supports sectors and industries in addressing immediate workforce shortages within the in-demand occupations. It provides funding for skills training and employment services for unemployed or underemployed British Columbians.
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:

  • Industry or sector associations
  • Employer associations
Please refer to the Workforce Shortages 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 CWRG-funded projects within the same fiscal year

Supported Activities:

  • Employment assistance services
  • Skills training
  • Financial support for participants

Expected Outcome:

Unemployed or underemployed participants obtain full-time employment.

Current Status:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications Jan 27, 2020 –
March 17, 2020
April 1, 2020 – 
Aug 31, 2020
Intake 2
Not Started May 15, 2020 – 
June 30, 2020
Sep 1, 2020 –
Dec 31, 2020
Intake 3
Not Started Nov 2, 2020 – 
Nov 30, 2020
Jan 4, 2021 –
March 31, 2021