Indigenous organizations are often under resourced in many areas and rely on annualized funding. Reductions in funding may require employees to take on additional work without having formalized training.

Employers now have access to the Canada-B.C. Job Grant to train existing employees AND support individuals currently unemployed whom could fill an existing position in the organization.

Canada-BC Job Grant Priority: Aboriginal People

“…Aboriginal participation in B.C.’s economy is improving through cross-sector partnerships that foster economic diversification, investment and job creation, and increased access to employment and skills training opportunities.”

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), is the Aboriginal Service Delivery Partner for the Canada-B.C. Job Grant. BCAAFC can provide direct support and referrals for your Indigenous organization and: 

  • Share information on the Canada-B.C. Job Grant eligibility and requirements
  • Review your training plan
  • Assist you in applying
  • Provide follow up

BCAAFC can also connect Indigenous individuals to the nearest Friendship Centre in BC that provides employment and training assistance.

Applications Are Now Open!

Applications are being accepted for training that starts on or before March 31, 2017 if the participant being trained qualifies under one of the following streams:

  • Underrepresented Groups in the Workforce
    • Indigenous Peoples
    • Women in Trades and Natural Resource Sectors
    • Youth (age 15-24)
    • Persons with disabilities
    • New Canadians who are refugees landed in Canada, protected persons entitled to work in Canada or landed immigrants to Canada within the past five years or less
  • Unemployed Stream
  • Refugee Fund


Applications for the CJG Priority stream sectors listed below are being accepted for training that starts between January 1st and March 31st 2017.  The Priority Sectors stream includes 10 of the BC Jobs Plan sectors identified as critical to B.C.’s labour market and economic development, which include:

  • Aboriginal Peoples and First Nations
  • Agrifoods
  • Construction
  • Forestry
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and Energy
  • Natural Gas
  • Non-profit Health and Social Services
  • Small Business
  • Technology and Green Economy
  • Tourism
  • Transportation


How Do I Apply?

Step 1Check Your General Eligibility

Step 2: Contact BCAAFC  

If you’re eligible or have questions about your eligibility, contact BCAAFC via email employment@bcaafc.comto discuss grant criteria, requirements and the application process.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

You will receive an email with your application reference number 1-2 weeks after your application has been submitted.

Step 4: Get Approved and Send in Agreement

If you’re approved, you will be notified as soon as the decision is made. Processing time for applications is normally within 60 business days of receipt. Along with your acceptance email are agreement documents that you must sign and send back to the government within 3 business days.

Step 5: Start Training!

Step 6: Apply for Reimbursement

Once your application is approved and within 30 business days of your employee starting training, you can apply for reimbursement. If you are training individuals on Income Assistance (IA) or Employment Insurance (EI), a Participant Information Form is required no less than 5 business days prior to the start of training.

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