COVID Response: Workforce Shortages Stream

This stream supports sectors and industries to address the skills training needs of workers impacted by COVID-19. It provides funding for training, employment services and financial supports for unemployed and employed participants who require upskilling or training to prepare for changing job requirements related to COVID-19 or economic recovery opportunities.
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:

  • Industry, sector and employer associations
  • Union halls and training boards
Please refer to the COVID Response: 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 provincially-funded projects within the same fiscal year

Supported Activities:

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

Expected Outcome:

Employed, unemployed or precariously employed participants gain the skills and training needed to move into sustainable employment as quickly as possible.

Current Status:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications March 3, 2021 –
June 4, 2021
April 1, 2021 – 
Aug 31, 2021
Intake 2
No longer accepting applications June 10, 2021 – 
Aug 2, 2021
Sep 1, 2021 –
Dec 31, 2021
Intake 3
Apply now Oct 18, 2021 – 
Nov 30, 2021
Jan 1, 2022 –
March 1, 2022