The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Yes, we can help you with skills training!  If your certification is outdated or you don’t have any at all and you are having difficulty finding employment, you may be able to access financial supports to help with the cost of training. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • You are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • You are unemployed and receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or
  • You have received EI benefits that ended in the past five years, or
  • You have received EI Maternity or Parental benefits that started in the past five years, or
  • You are designated a Single Parent on British Columbia Employment Assistance
  • You have British Columbia Employment Assistance PWD/PPMB designation, or
  • You have a general disability designation.

If you can show that you require training that will result in employment and demonstrate financial need, the following costs may be covered:

  • Tuition, registration and most other training fees to a maximum total of $7,500 per Action Plan *some exception apply.
  • Books and supplies.
  • Living Supports
  • Dependent Care – licensed care facilities are preferred.
  • Transportation costs
  • Living away from home allowance
  • Tools that are not “tools of the trade” and cost less than $250
  • Tutoring and required Disability Supports to participate in training. – Program support maximums may apply.

Please Note: Financial Supports probably can’t cover all of your expenses and everyone is expected to contribute to the cost of their training, to the best of their financial ability.

How do I get started?

If you are already registered with WorkBC, please make an appointment to see your Employment Services Advisor to discuss next steps.

If you are new to WorkBC, please call or visit one of our centres near you.

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