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 for each participant is $15,000 per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

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 December 3, 2018 April 1, 2019 – 
August 31, 2019
Intake 2
Open June 3, 2019 – 
July 8, 2019
September 1, 2019 – 
December 31, 2019
*Assessment of applications may take up to 60 calendar days.