Skills Training Supports - Communities Impacted by Mill Closures

On September 17th, 2019, the provincial government announced a new series of measures aimed at supporting British Columbia’s forest workers impacted by mill closures and shift reductions in several B.C. Interior communities. The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training committed $12 million for impacted workers to access skills training, and for employer and community grants for training.  

Community Workforce Response Grant  Community Response Stream
This stream is no longer accepting applications. Other funding streams are available to meet the needs of communities or sectors working to address the skills training needs of those impacted by mill closures or curtailments. 

B.C. Employer Training GrantEmployment Transition Training Stream
This stream is no longer accepting applications. Other funding streams are available to support unemployed or precariously employed British Columbians in impacted communities.

Skills Training for Employment (STE)STE: Impacted Workers Programs
The Skills Training for Employment (STE) program has been expanded in regions impacted by mill closures and/or curtailments to include impacted workers.

The new STE: Impacted Workers Programs support unemployed, underemployed or precariously employed British Columbians living in communities impacted by mill closures and shift reductions. Programs provide access to skills training relevant to the local labour market and employment supports to assist participants in achieving sustainable employment.