Skills Training Supports - Communities Impacted by Mill Closures

On September 17th, 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 – New Community Response Stream
This funding stream is now open to communities or sectors working to address the skills training needs of those impacted by mill closures or curtailments. 

B.C. Employer Training GrantNew Employment Transition Training Stream
This new stream is now open to support unemployed or precariously employed British Columbians in an impacted community to obtain any training that aligns with the applicant’s ability to provide them with similar or different employment.

An impacted community is one that has experienced a significant shift in labour market needs due to events such as a natural disaster or the closure or curtailment of operations of a major employer. For this intake, applications from communities experiencing a mill closure or curtailment will be prioritized. 

Skills Training for Employment (STE)New 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.