Monday June 20, 2016 



More Training, Less Draining

Entrepreneurs can now access gov't funds

Mark Blenheim, SBBC


he Ministry for Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training have announced that Small Business BC, the province's premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, will be a service provider for the Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG).


The CJG is a program that assists B.C. employers to invest in employee training and access up to $15,000 per employee per fiscal year.

The grant helps offset the cost of skills training and professional development, providing the budget, training capacity and hiring and retention strategy needed for small business owners and entrepreneurs to reach their goals for growth.

As small business is a priority sector crucial to B.C.'s economy and labour market, Small Business BC will help small business owners access the CJG. Small Business BC will have dedicated advisors on-site that can:

Help develop a training plan that will suit small business owners' needs
Identify appropriate training opportunities and delivery options
Explain the CJG eligibility and requirements
Assist in completing an application
Guide businesses through the reimbursement process

"Training and skill upgrading is one of the most important strategies small business can use to face emerging business challenges," said George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. "The Canada-BC Jobs Grant program will provide the resources necessary to allow small businesses to strengthen their existing workforce thereby making their individual businesses more competitive and productive and as a result better able to pursue growth."

Applications are now open for training that starts on or before September 30, 2016.

Employers looking to access funds are encouraged to contact Small Business BC by email here , call 1-800-675-8596 and visit

More details can be found at


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