Workforce Shortages Stream

This stream supports sectors and industries in addressing immediate workforce shortages within the in-demand occupations. It provides funding for occupational skills training and employment supports for British Columbians who are currently unemployed, precariously employed, or employed on a part-time or seasonal basis.
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 or basic essential skills. Please visit WorkBC - Essential Skills and Literacy and Skills Training for Employment for resource and program information.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Industry, sector and employer associations
  • Unions certified to represent employees under the B.C. Labour Relations Code
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:

  • Occupational skills training
  • Employment support services
  • Financial support for participants

Expected Outcome:

Unemployed, part-time, seasonal, casual, or precariously employed participants obtain sustainable employment as quickly as possible.

Current Status*:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications March 31, 2022 –
June 3, 2022 (4:30pm)
May 16, 2022 – 
Aug 29, 2022
Intake 2
No longer accepting applications June 13, 2022 – 
July 29, 2022 (4:30pm)
Sep 6, 2022 –
Dec 28, 2022
Intake 3
Not accepting applications Oct 31, 2022 – 
Nov 25, 2022 (4:30pm)
Jan 2, 2023 –
February 21, 2023

*May be subject to change