SLMP Program Priorities During COVID-19

The Sector Labour Market Partnerships (SLMP) program helps industry and employers understand and respond to labour market changes, and supports collaborative partnerships for long-term, strategic and sustainable solutions to workforce challenges at the sector, region or population level.

Government recognizes the immense impacts of COVID-19 on British Columbians and that many SLMP project partners provide important services, training and learning resources to communities and sectors across the province, including those who are especially vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19.

The SLMP program guidelines are currently being updated to provide greater clarity and transparency regarding current program priorities and how to apply for funding. In the interim, projects will be prioritized for funding that best support British Columbia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 which include, but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Building workforce resilience – projects that enable B.C.’s workforce to be nimble, adaptive and relevant in times of change through innovative initiatives that increase workforce resilience.
  • Increase workforce participation – projects that help people get the information and support they need to upskill, find jobs and return to work as the economy strengthens, and ensure B.C.’s vulnerable and under-represented populations are not left behind as the labour market recovers.
  • Address barriers – projects that help prepare sectors and employers to attract and retain the workforce they need for economic recovery by supporting projects that identify and address systemic barriers to employment for underrepresented groups.
  • Reconciliation – projects that support reconciliation and economic recovery within Indigenous communities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Current agreement holders are advised to follow the orders, notices and guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and to contact your assigned SLMP Program Manager with any questions or concerns.