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.


The Canada-B.C. Job Grant will open May 1, 2017 for applications for training between September 1 and December 31, 2017. With the exception of the Priority Sector Stream, applications for training starting on or before August 31, 2017 will be accepted until those targets are met.  

Funding streams:

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

This Stream is Closed>>The Priority Sectors stream includes 10 of the BC Jobs Plan sectors identified as critical to B.C.’s labour market and economic development.

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.

Contact Us

Canada-B.C. Job Grant Resources
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Intake Periods

CJG Intakes

Feb 1, 2017-March 31, 2018

Accepting Applications

Training Start Dates
Intake 1 Feb 1, 2017-March 31, 2017
No longer accepting applications under the Priority Sector Stream. All other streams are open, until targets are met for those streams.
April 1 - August 31, 2017
Intake 2 May 1 - July 31, 2017 Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017
Intake 3 Sept. 1 - Nov. 30, 2017 Jan. 1 - March 31, 2018