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 go to www.workbc.ca/bcemployertraininggrant to learn more about the ETG program.
 

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.
 

Funding:

  • 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:

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

Current Status:
 

 INTAKES STATUS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS SKILLS TRAINING START DATES
2020/21
Intake 1
No longer accepting applications Jan 27, 2020 –
March 17, 2020
April 1, 2020 – 
Aug 31, 2020
2020/21
Intake 2
No longer accepting applications May 20, 2020 – 
August 1, 2020
Sep 1, 2020 –
Dec 31, 2020
2020/21
Intake 3
No longer accepting applications Oct 26, 2020 – 
Jan 15, 2021
Nov 1, 2020 –
March 1, 2021

Note: When applying online for the COVID Response: Workforce Shortages stream there are two options for skills training dates:

  • If your skills training starts before December 31, 2020, choose the Workforce Shortages stream listed under  “For skills training starting between September 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.”
  • If your skills training starts after January 1, 2021, choose the Workforce Shortages stream listed under  “For skills training starting between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021.”