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

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is a government funding program that helps employers invest in employee training, with the total cost-shared between the employer and the government. This promotes the development of employee skills, strengthens retention, and creates greater opportunity and impact within the company or market.

The funding reimburses 60% of employee training costs, with a maximum of $8333 claimed for each employee trained per fiscal year (subject to approval and available funds).

The employer is responsible for full training costs up front. You’ll then claim and be reimbursed for the eligible amount.

Our program is broken into two parts for Canadian apprentices: $8000 for the 8-month training portion. Then at the 8-month mark, we charge $3000 for the remaining 4-month coaching and support period of the program. Assuming your fiscal year end occurs during the initial 8-month period, you can claim the grant for both portions.

What kind of training is eligible for the BC Job Grant?

  • Soft skills: aka job readiness skills
  • Personal management skills: like personal goal setting, time management, organization, working as a team, etc.
  • Essential skills: skills needed for work, learning, and life: reading, writing, document use, numeracy, oral communication, thinking, digital technology, working with others, continuous learning
  • Management and Business skills: skills in strategic planning, leading and motivating, allocating and controlling resources, evaluating, coordinating and organizing, recruiting and hiring, supervising and leadership. The intent of management training is to build job skills within the sector to fill gaps in supervisors, forepersons, and similar positions
  • Specialized/Technical skills: skills required for a particular technology; includes associated examinations and certificates. This training equips participants with job-related skills required specifically for the sector, such as to support the introduction of new technology, machinery, and equipment or work processes, and/or improve job performance

Eligible training costs can include:

  • Tuition/participation fees
  • Student fees
  • Examination fees
  • Textbooks and software
  • Other required materials
  • Travel to access training

Application Process

1. Check your eligibility/timeframe

Funding applications are open to each sector for a limited time every quarter and may close at any time (once limits are reached). Applications are typically accepted during the quarter (3-month) prior to the training start date.

NOTE: When applying, select “Private Training Provider —Not Certified By Private Training Institutions Branch” when asked re: provider type.

Contact info

2405, 128 West Cordova St.
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 0E6
(604) 773-7551

Apprenticeship format, length, evaluation details

2. Submit your application

You will need to create or have a BCeID account and all relevant info about your training including total cost, dates, and category.

The approval process can take up to 60 days—you will be notified by email as soon as the decision is made. If you are approved, you will need to complete the agreement issued.

3. Begin training and remit all training costs

The employer is responsible for the full training cost up front.

4. Apply for reimbursement

After training begins, you will have up to 30 days to claim reimbursement via your BCeID portal. You can expect to be reimbursed within 30 days of submitting the claim.