The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that helps employers invest in training for their current or future employees. The CJG assists eligible employers to offset the cost of training up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year, and up to a maximum of $15,000 per participant per fiscal year for the unemployed stream. The employer contributes at least one-third to the cost of training, with the exception of the unemployed stream. The employer must have a job for the participant at the end of training.
The goals of the CJG are to increase participation of British Columbians in the labour force by helping them develop the skills they need to find and keep a job. The CJG is also an opportunity for employers to invest in training that is better aligned to job opportunities.
ASPECT is a Canada-BC Job Grant Delivery Partner and will assist you with completing and submitting grant applications, assessing skills needs, and developing training plans.
Who can apply?
As a delivery partner, ASPECT can assist with CJG applications under three streams of funding to which eligible employers can apply:
- Priority Sector: Social Services (NAICS 62)
The CJG is open to applications from employers or organizations working in the health care and social assistance (NAICS code: 62) priority sector, identified as critical to B.C.’s labour market and economic development.
- Unemployed Stream
The Unemployed Stream is open to applications from employers and organizations who are hiring unemployed British Columbians, covering up to 100% of the costs of training where there is permanent employment at the end of training.
- Underrepresented Groups in the Workforce
The CJG is open to applications from employers or organizations wishing to provide skills training and jobs to individuals in one of the eligible underrepresented groups. These groups include:
- Aboriginal people
- persons with disabilities
- youth (aged 15-24)
- Women in Trades and Natural Resource Sectors
- new Canadians who are:
- refugees landed in Canada, or
- protected persons entitled to work in Canada, or
- landed immigrants to Canada within the past five years or less
- Rural Stream
The Rural Stream is now open for applications from eligible employers in all sectors or organizations, where the jobs are located in rural communities. For the purposes of the Rural Stream, jobs must be located in one or more of the following areas:
- A community with a population of 25,000 or less, located outside the geographic boundaries of Metro Vancouver and the Capital Regional District.
- An unincorporated area with a population of 25,000 or less. Population will be determined using the Statistic Canada’s 2016 Census Profile
- Refugee Fund
The CJG is open to applications from industry/sector associations, employer associations, and union and non-profit organizations working with refugees, who are working with employers to help refugees gain skills and employment in B.C. Employers must contribute one-third of the cost of job-specific skills training and have a job at the end of the training for the participant.The Refugee Fund supports two types of training: job readiness and job-specific skills training. Job readiness can include:
- Industry/sector specific skills assessments,
- Accelerated and specialized English language training, or
- Industry/sector specific workplace orientation, work experience and other work-related supports.
When can you apply?
Contact ASPECT for information on current application intakes.
How Much is Available?
Employers can receive up to two-thirds of the cost of training to a maximum government contribution of $10,000 per grant; employers must contribute the remaining one-third, except for the unemployed stream, where government contribution is up to 100%, to a maximum of $15,000 per participant per fiscal year.
Who Can Receive Training?
Training for both current and future employees is eligible. An employer may seek funding to upgrade the skills of a current employee or to train an individual for a future job. In either case, the employer must have a guaranteed job available to the participant once the training is complete. For details on eligible participants, click here.
What Training Costs are Eligible?
The grant covers:
- tuition fees or fees charged by a third-party trainer;
- mandatory student fees;
- fees for textbooks, software and other required materials;
- travel costs, under certain circumstances;
- examination fees.
What Training is Eligible?
Eligible training must meet the needs of the business and lead to a guaranteed job in BC.
For details on eligible training and training providers, click here.
Effective April 1, 2017, a new CJG administration system will be available and must be used for applications starting Intake 2 and beyond. Applications for Intake 1 will continue to be paper-based using the PDF forms.
Starting April 1, employers will be able to access the system with their BCeID, create an organizational profile and draft applications for training for Intake 2. Applications can be submitted starting May 1, 2017 when Intake 2 opens. NOTE: The new Canada-BC Job Grant application system works best using the most recent version of Chrome or Firefox.
To access this new system, applicants will require a Business BCeID account. While it takes 15 minutes to complete the application process for a BCeID, it can take up to 3 weeks to receive your BCeID. If you already have a BCeID, you do not need to do anything further. If you do not have a BCeID, please ensure you apply as early as possible so you can create your organizational profile starting April 1, 2017 and apply for Intake 2 starting May 1, 2017. For information and instructions on registration for BCeID, please click on the link: https://www.bceid.ca/register/
The new CJG administration system will streamline the application process for employers by creating an electronic platform for the submission of applications, agreements and claims. Employers will be able to create, copy, and save applications.
Applications as an Organizations Acting on Behalf of Employers will continue to be accepted through email/PDF forms until an update to the system is released.