Small Business BC launches Canada-BC Job Grant Program to help entrepreneurs access training funds

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The 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.

Organizers believe small business is a priority sector crucial to B.C.’s economy and labour market and 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 at jobgrant@smallbusinessbc.ca,  call 1-800-675-8596 or visit www.sbbc.co/jobgrant. More details can be found at www.smallbusinessbc.ca.

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