B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG)

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The B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG) supports skills training to address provincial labour market needs. The program is delivered by the Province of British Columbia and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA). The goal of the ETG is to help British Columbians access the skills training they need to adapt to the changing requirements of jobs and the labour market through the five streams: (1) C19 Impacted Worker Training Stream, (2) Workforce Training Stream, (3) Technical Training Stream, (4) Foundational Training Stream, and (5) Persons with Disabilities Training Stream.

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B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG)

Amount of Funding

Funding amounts for the B.C (ETG) program varies by stream:

(1) C19 Impacted Worker Training Stream:

  • Employers may receive up to 100% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per applicant, per fiscal year;
  • Employers may receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year; and
  • All costs are paid in full by the employer and then reimbursed upon the approval of application and submission of receipts related to training expenses.

(2) Workforce Training Stream:

  • Employers may receive up to 60% of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $5,000 per participant, per fiscal year;
  • Employers expected to contribute the remaining 40%;
  • Employers may receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year; and
  • All costs are paid in full by the employer and then reimbursed upon the approval of application and submission of receipts related to training expenses.

(3) Technical Training Stream:

  • Employers may receive up to 80% of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant, per fiscal year;
  • Employers expected to contribute the remaining 20%;
  • Employers may receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year; and
  • All costs are paid in full by the employer and then reimbursed upon the approval of application and submission of receipts related to training expenses.

(4) Foundational Training Stream:

  • Employers may receive up to 100% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per applicant, per fiscal year;
  • Employers may receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year; and
  • All costs are paid in full by the employer and then reimbursed upon the approval of application and submission of receipts related to training expenses.

(5) Persons with Disabilities Training Stream:

  • Employers may receive up to 100% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 per applicant, per fiscal year for training and financial support;
  • Employers may receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year; and
  • All costs are paid in full by the employer and then reimbursed upon the approval of application and submission of receipts related to training expenses.
Amount of Funding from the Canadian Government

B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG)

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants for the B.C (ETG) program vary by stream:

(1) C19 Impacted Worker Training Stream:

  • Unemployed but will be employed by the applicant upon training completion;
  • Employed by applicant but in need of new skills for the employer’s business to survive and grow; or
  • Works for another employer in an impacted sector but facing reduced hours due to COVID-19. Therefore, they will be employed full-time by the applicant upon completion of training.

(2) Workforce Training Stream:

  • Participants must be unemployed;
  • Employed by the applicant employer; or
  • Employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is completed.

(3) Technical Training Stream:

  • Participants must be unemployed;
  • Employed by the applicant employer; or
  • Employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is completed.

(4) Foundational Training Stream:

  • Participants must be unemployed; or
  • Employed by the applicant employer and fit into one of the following categories:
    • Low-skilled employee;
    • Employee working in a low-skilled job; and
    • Employee working as an apprentice.

(5) Persons with Disabilities Training Stream:

  • Participants must be unemployed;
  • Employed by the applicant employer; or
  • Employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is completed.
Eligible Applicants for Canadian Government Funding

B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG)

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities for the B.C (ETG) program vary by stream:

(1) C19 Impacted Worker Training Stream:

  • Employers must demonstrate that training aligns with current or future needs of their business and industry, as well as the available occupation;
  • It is important that the training for this stream must be approved for/provided by a third-party organization;
  • Training must not surpass 52 weeks in length; and
  • Diplomas and degrees (full or in part) or not eligible for this stream.

(2) Workforce Training Stream:

  • This stream supports training that is relevant to the immediate needs of the business and the participant’s job;
  • Training must not surpass 52 weeks in length; and
  • Diplomas and degrees (full or in part) or not eligible for this stream.

(3) Technical Training Stream:

  • This stream supports technical training which may be defined as:
    • Training for new skills needed to operate machinery, equipment or use software;
    • Computer programming training;
    • Training for the adoption of new tech-systems, including new manufacturing, production, and construction processes;
  • Training must not surpass 52 weeks in length; and
  • Diplomas and degrees (full or in part) or not eligible for this stream.

(4) Foundational Training Stream:

  • Essential skills training such as literacy, communication, computer skills, or training to complete high school diploma or equivalency;
  • Apprenticeships that lead to a trade credential or ticket;
  • Occupational certifications granted by an organization with the necessary authority to set standards required to practice an occupation; and
  • Industry-recognized training which results in transferable credentials and are recognized by employers across an industry, such as WHMIS and first aid.

(5) Persons with Disabilities Training Stream:

  • This stream supports training that is relevant to the immediate needs of the business and the participant’s job which must be demonstrable;
  • Training must not surpass 52 weeks in length; and
  • Diplomas and degrees (full or in part) or not eligible for this stream.
Eligible Expenses for Canadian Government Funding

B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG)

Program Deadline

All streams are no longer accepting applications for the first intake. The second application intake is currently open and has been since June 25, 2021 for training dates ranging from September 1st, 2021 – March 31st, 2022.

Program Deadline for Canadian Government Funding
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