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Governments of Canada and British Columbia launch the Canada Job Grant to help British Columbians get jobs
Vancouver, BC - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour for British Columbia, announced today that employers in British Columbia can now apply for the Canada Job Grant, an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills they need for available jobs.

The Canada Job Grant is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. By requiring employers to put more skin in the game, the Canada Job Grant will result in training that leads to guaranteed jobs for British Columbians.

The Canada Job Grant will provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials (up to $10,000 from the federal government and $5,000 from employers). For details on how to apply for the Canada Job Grant, please visit:

The Canada Job Grant is part of the $65 million Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement provided by the Government of Canada. While the Grant will help employers and employees get the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow, the Fund will also ensure training programs exist to give vulnerable workers the skills to enter or progress in the job market.

Quick facts
  • BuildForce Canada estimates that between 2013 and 2021, approximately 54,500 new workers will need to be recruited for the construction industry in British Columbia.
  • According to the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, the British Columbia mining industry will need to recruit over 10,000 workers by 2022.
  • Over the next 10 years, Canada will need 300,000 new workers in the construction sector, up to 150,000 new workers in the petroleum sector and 145,000 new workers in the mining sector.

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