Research and Innovation

Research and Innovation (R&I) provides funding for time-limited, research-oriented projects that put forward untried and untested approaches to labour market problems that improve upon current ways of helping people prepare for, obtain or maintain employment and help move more clients into sustainable jobs.

Research and Innovation is a strategic investment mechanism to fund leading edge innovation research that could potentially inform the development of policies, programs or industry practices that strengthen the understanding of the labour market.

At this time, priority will be given to pilot projects that are well positioned to enhance participant employment outcomes and/or are aligned with the Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) Social Innovation stream over projects that are strictly research focused.  

Ministry staff are committed to working in culturally responsive ways with Indigenous organizations and communities.  The following statement of intent guides all work: 

We are committed to working collaboratively with our partners to help ensure everyone benefits from economic activity in British Columbia. We are continually working to increase cultural-responsiveness of our staff, our policies and our processes.  We acknowledge the historical and continuing impacts of colonization and recognize the importance of culture and lands for Indigenous peoples. We are committed to an approach that honours the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.  As part of this commitment, we will take the time to build strong relationships of mutual respect and trust, and to work and learn together in a culturally humble way. Through flexibility in our program delivery and honouring of Indigenous approaches, we aim to reduce barriers to success and to promote cultural safety for our Indigenous partners and employees.

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 using the Right Click/Save As function. Once this document has been downloaded, click on the “Enable Editing” button to allow for completion of the form.

Please refer to the CEP Fund Budget Guidelines, for a comprehensive list of eligible project costs.

Enquiries can be sent to:

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Related Document

Community & Employer Partnerships Q and As