British Columbia Job Grant

What is Canada Job Grant?

The Canada Job Grant helps employers train new or existing employees for jobs that need to be filled. This flexible program is designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions.

British Columbia Job Grant

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is accepting applications with training start dates between April 1 and August 31, 2017 for all streams. Applications with training start dates prior to April 1, 2017 will continue to be accepted until those targets are met.

What is the Canada-B.C. Job Grant?

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 of all streams 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. Please refer to CJG criteria to fully understand the eligibility requirements of the program before you apply.

Who can apply?

Eligible employers or organizations acting on behalf of employers can apply to four streams of funding:

  1.  Priority Sectors The CJG is open to applications from employers or organizations working in eligible priority sectors, including most BC Jobs Plan priority sectors, identified as critical to B.C.’s labour market and economic development. For details on eligible priority sectors, please visit the Priority Sectors page. https://www.workbc.ca/getmedia/7d52bc1f-9489-4460-a124-cb915bf933aa/General-Criteria.pdf.aspx
  2. 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. For details, please visit the Unemployed Stream Page.
  3.  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. For details on eligible underrepresented groups, please visit the Underrepresented Groups in the Workforce page.
  4.  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. For details, visit the Refugee Fund Page.

General Eligibility Criteria

Employers meeting eligibility requirements are not guaranteed funding. The Ministry will assess applications on a first come, first served basis, with the exception of applications under the Unemployed Stream and Underrepresented Stream which will be assessed on a priority basis. Approval of applications does not constitute an endorsement of any training provider or particular training course or program. Previous approval of a training provider does not guarantee approval in the future. All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please note that all decisions regarding the eligibility of employers, participants, training providers, training programs and reimbursable costs will be made by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (“Ministry”) at the Ministry’s sole discretion. Where the Ministry determines that there is a real or perceived conflict of interest in the choice of participants, training providers and/or training programs, the Ministry reserves the right to deny an application or a claim on that basis. Refer to Appendix D for examples of situations where the Ministry may deem a conflict of interest. Quality Assurance sampling and audits will be used to verify information provided. The Ministry reserves the right to contact participants, trainers or any other person in order to substantiate reimbursement claims, training activities, records or other related matters.

Important Information Regarding CJG Applications

Effective April 1, 2017, applications to the Canada-BC Job Grant program will need to be submitted through a new CJG administration system. Applications to the Refugee Fund as well as those from Organizations Acting on Behalf of Employers will continue to be accepted through email/PDF forms until an update to the system is released. 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.

To access this new system, all applicants to the CJG 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 to avoid any delays in the CJG application process after March 31, 2017. For information and instructions on registration for BCeID, please click on the link below: https://www.bceid.ca/register/

How to Apply

Application Instructions

NOTE: Before applying, please review Eligibility Criteria to ensure eligibility requirements have been met.

As email communication is used during the application process, please ensure your email is set to receive correspondence from the CJG so it is not diverted to your junk mail folder.

Employer Applications

  1. The employer completes all fields electronically in the application form.
  2. The employer signs the application. Note: a designated signing authority cannot sign the application on behalf of the employer if the training is for the designated signing authority.
  3. The employer submits the application form with any required attachments as a scanned PDF to CJGApplication@gov.bc.ca (e.g., if the employer chooses a private trainer the employer would scan both the application form and training provider information).
  4. Once all documentation has been received, the employer will receive a reference number for future communication. The employer will be notified of a decision within 60 business days of submission.
  5.  Upon approval of an application, the Ministry will send the Agreement to the employer as well as a reimbursement claim package including instructions. The employer must read, agree to the terms and conditions of the grant, sign and return the Agreement to CJGAgreement@gov.bc.ca within the specified time.
  6. Train the employee(s).
Organizations Acting on Behalf of Employers

In this situation, the organization applies on behalf of a group of employers and the organization becomes the applicant and agreement holder. 

  1. The organization completes all fields electronically in the Organization Acting on Behalf of Employers Application form.
  2. The organization provides employers with the Employer Certification Form and Participant Information Form (PIF) for completion.
  3. The organization electronically signs the Organization Acting on Behalf of Employers Application form and gathers the electronically signed Employer Certification Form(s).
  4. The organization submits the application form, Employer Certification Forms, and any attachments as a scanned PDF (e.g., if the employer chooses a private trainer the organization would scan both the application form and training provider information) to CJGApplication@gov.bc.ca
  5. Once all documentation has been received, the organization will receive a reference number for future communication. The organization will be notified of a decision within 60 business days of submission.
  6. Upon approval of an application, the Ministry will send the Agreement to the organization as well as a reimbursement claim package with full instructions on how to complete. The organization must read, agree to the terms and conditions of the grant, sign and return the Agreement to CJGAgreement@gov.bc.ca within the specified time.
  7. The organization or employer delivers training according to the training plan.

Submission requirements for Participant Information Forms

Participant Information Forms (PIFs) are required at the time you submit your claim for reimbursement. Find submission instructions below. 

For Participants who are currently Employment Insurance or Income Assistance Clients, Participant Information Forms are required no less than 5 business days prior to the start of training. Refer to the CJG General Criteria for details.

Reimbursement claims will not be processed until all Participant Information Forms have been received.
Reimbursement claims must be submitted within 30 business days after training starts. Visit the How To Claim for Reimbursement page for instructions.

Instructions for submitting Participant Information Forms

Each participant must fill in their own Participant Information Form (PIF) electronically, NOT by hand. Each question must be answered for the form to be complete. The form should then be uploaded to the secure upload site.
Because the form collects personal and other sensitive information, the Participant must submit the Participant Information Form to the Ministry using the secure upload site: https://canadajobgrantupload.jtst.gov.bc.ca

* Please click here to visit the Government of British Columbia website for more information.

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