More about Community & Employer Partnerships

Since the launch of the Employment Program of British Columbia in April 2012, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has begun implementing an initiative known as Community and Employer Partnerships.

The purpose of this initiative is to increase employment opportunities for unemployed British Columbians through the use of agency and business partnerships, shared information and technology, and innovative processes and practices.

Community and Employer Partnerships will foster collaborative, coordinated networks of community organizations and employers across the province. These networks will work to:

  • promote and simplify communication between stakeholders
  • assist the sharing of local labour market information
  • ensure strategic, coordinated approaches to investing the necessary employment support in communities
  • provide opportunities for stakeholders to discuss strategies and solutions to address labour market needs
  • develop innovative approaches to address social challenges beyond unemployment

Community and Employer Partnerships will also provide labour market information to communities and employers so that they can better address the needs of the community and help create jobs.

The labour market information will also help communities and employers in submitting requests to the Community and Employer Partnership fund. This fund is administered by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and consists of four streams, Job Creation Partnerships, Labour Market Partnerships, Project Based Labour Market Training and Research and Innovation.

The Social Innovation stream expands the scope and goals of the Community and Employer Partnerships program to support innovative projects that also have a positive social impact.

To support the launch of the Social Innovation stream, the Ministry is highlighting “Nation’s Creations”, a Project-Based Labour Market Training (PBLMT) project.  The project will provide work experience in manufacturing, retail, shipping and receiving, in a social enterprise setting, to 24 EI-eligible participants, while supporting local First Nations artists through an innovative, royalty-based remuneration system.

For more information see Social Innovation Quick Fact Sheet and News Release.


What Steps You Must Take

A Self-Assessment Questionnaire must be completed before applying for funding.

If you are requesting support for project costs, you must complete and attach the CEP Budget Template
 as part of the on-line application process. To complete this document, download the file to your computer by right clicking on the document link and selecting “Save As”. Once the document has been downloaded, click on the “Enable Editing” button to allow you to fill out the form.

To see what project costs are eligible, please read the CEP Fund Budget Guidelines.

If you are interested in applying please go to the relevant funding stream on the right in the related topics menu, to view the Applicant Guide, Fact Sheet, online application questions, a sample of the Shared Cost Agreement and Schedule A. This information will assist you with filling out your application and will help you know what information you should be including before submitting your application. We recommend you gather all the information required to complete your application, before entering the details. Once you are ready to begin your application, the Online Application User Guide is linked below to assist you. 


After you have completed and submitted your application, a Ministry representative will contact you to discuss.

Enquiries can be sent to

Related Documents

Community & Employer Partnerships Q and As

Online Application User Guide