Canada-BC Job Grant: Training Your Employees 2017

Businesses who need strategic social media & online marketing training for their staff might benefit from the new 2017 Canada-BC Job Grant.

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is opening to BC Jobs Plan priority sectors, with targeted funding of up to $5 million, for eligible employers and organizations in these sectors to train new and current employees for available jobs.


All training must start on or before September 1, 2017.


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.

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 here.

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.

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is Open for Applications:


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.

*Applications continue to be accepted for applications with training start dates between now and March 31, 2017, for all streams until those targets are met.

Current Status

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is now accepting applications for all streams with training that starts between April 1 and August 31, 2017. CJG will also continue to accept applications with training start dates on or before March 31, 2017 for all streams until those applications targets are met.

Employers will be informed of decisions within 60 business days of application. CJG will prioritize the assessment of applications under the Unemployed stream and the Underrepresented Groups stream. Please note that, if employers proceed with training before receiving a decision from the Ministry, they will be liable for all costs incurred should the application be denied. At the Province’s sole discretion, applications may be approved based on provincial priorities, up to funding amounts available.

Note: Information regarding the Canada-BC Job Grant 17/18 fiscal year

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant program is currently building a system that will allow employers to apply to the Grant electronically in the 17/18 fiscal year and onward. A Business BCeID will be needed in order to access the system in April 2017.

For information and instructions on registration for BCeID, please click here.

Registration is free and takes as little as 15 minutes to complete.

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.

The amount of the grant is per individual to be trained.

For more information about the grant, email us today! [email protected]

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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

How to Get the Canada-BC Job Grant

Step One: Check to see if you Qualify — and Find Out the Rules

Check the criteria checklist to ensure your organization, participants and training are all eligible for the grant. Our VIP Social Media & Online Marketing Program could qualify for the grant money to help you with.  Find the latest program information on the WorkBC site here. 

Know the rules! Employers are responsible for the full cost of the training up front. There are other guidelines and rules.  Learn More Here.

We Make Stuff Happen is currently providing training for employers using this grant and can help you with your application as well.  Just ask!  

Step Two: Submit the Online Application Forms

Instructions for Employer Direct Applications

1) The Employer completes all fields in the Employer Direct Application form.

2) The Employer signs application.  Note: a designated signing authority cannot sign off on behalf of the Employer if training is for themselves.

3) Employer provides training participants with Participant Information Form (PIF).

4) Employer submits application form with any required attachments as a scanned PDF (e.g. If the Employer chooses a Private Trainer the Employer would scan both the application form and training provider information) to [email protected]

5) Participants complete all fields in the PIF, print, sign, date and scan the PIF, and submit to the CJG secure upload site located at

Applications are not deemed complete and will not be assessed until all Participant Information Forms have been received.

Once all documentation has been received, the Employer will receive a CJG Application Number for future reference and communication. The employer will be notified of a decision within 60 business days of submission.

6) Upon approval of an application, the Ministry will send an Agreement to the Employer as well as a Reimbursement Claim Package with full instructions on how to complete. The Employer must read, agree to the terms and conditions of the grant, sign and return the agreement to [email protected]

7) Train the employee(s).

8) Reimbursement claims may be submitted after training starts. Visit the How To Claim for Reimbursement page for instructions.

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