Who Should Apply

The Sector Labour Market Partnerships program provides funding to organizations within an economic sector, region (see B.C.'s economic atlas) , or population (a specific group of people such as the Indigenous people of BC or to a specific population working in an economic sector, e.g. women working in construction).   

The SLMP program is not designed to meet immediate, individual employer needs, but to support long term, strategic, and sustainable projects that address workforce development.

Eligible Organizations:
  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Indigenous organizations and coalitions of First Nations;
  • Private sector organizations; or
  • Public sector organizations – i.e. crown corporations, regional districts, and health authorities may be eligible.
*Municipal, provincial or federal governments are not eligible.

If you think you are eligible, please contact SLMP program staff at: LabourMarketPartnerships@gov.bc.ca for guidance in planning your project and preparing your application.  We are happy to help you navigate the planning and application process. 

Before submitting your application:

  • Prepare by understanding the program principles (below), and
  • Speak to a member of SLMP staff for guidance on your project.
Note:  SLMP staff will not approve nor deny any application in whole or in-part without further discussion with you. There is no application deadline for the SLMP Program. The Ministry accepts applications on an ongoing basis.  Due to limited funding availability, some eligible applications may not be approved for funding.

Submitting Your Application
When you are ready, complete the Application Form and email it to: LabourMarketPartnerships@gov.bc.ca. 

Eligible projects must align to the following program principles:


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Program Focus

To be eligible for funding, projects must clearly address sector or regional labour market issues within British Columbia. Generally, this means a current or anticipated imbalance between supply (workers) and demand (jobs), or a lack of appropriate skills and experience to meet the needs of a changing workplace.
Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Conducting research to fully understand a labour market issue
  • Developing a human resources plan in response to a labour market change
  • Developing marketing materials to attract workers to a sector
The following activities are not eligible for funding:
  • Training programs for individuals or employees
  • Core organizational operating activities
  • Business or economic development activities

Program Priorities

The SLMP program is open to exploring all workforce issues; however, prior SLMP projects have identified the following as priorities:

  • Recruitment and retention of youth (aged 15-29)
  • Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • New employment structures and the ‘gig’ economy
  • Technology and automation in the workplace
Interested applicants are encouraged to consider how their project addresses one or more of these themes, as such projects may be given preference.

See More About Program Priorities for full details on the priorities listed above. 

Program Scope


SLMP Programs are project based. The proposed project must be distinct from the organizations core operations and the project must have a defined beginning and end. SLMP funding cannot be used to fund the core operations of an organization.


Projects cannot duplicate work that the provincial government already funds. Applicants are encouraged to identify how their proposal will add to, not duplicate, existing work.

Proposed projects will need to develop plans to determine what components merit continuation after government funding ends. Proposed projects should have a plan in place for industry buy-in.

Program Structure

The SLMP program supports projects that align to this structural model:

Projects must be Partnership Driven

SLMP projects must be partnership driven, i.e. guided by an effective project governance structure, such as a governance committee. Committee members provide project oversight, input and endorse project deliverables and outcomes.  The governance committee should represent the breadth of the sector and have relevant expertise. Governance committees do not need to be established before applying for funding. SLMP staff can provide guidance on how to develop and maintain an effective project governance committee.

Project involve Cost-sharing:

All SLMP projects require in-kind contributions to offset project costs, and strategy implementation projects require an additional cash contribution. The level of contribution is negotiable. The contribution should reflect the sector’s readiness to invest in the proposed strategy.

Projects are subject to Available Funding:

SLMP staff will work with you to develop a project budget. Funding will be based on project requirements within available SLMP funds and priorities and may include consideration of project expenses related to Indigenous participation. The SLMP program is not a grant. Contract payment is based on the delivery of outcomes identified in the contract. Contract holders are provided payment only after deliverables have been approved.
*Note: We accept applications on an ongoing basis. However; due to limited funding availability, not all eligible applications will be approved for funding.