$5000 government-sponsored training grant for BC small businesses

First published on September 17, 2010

Up until January 31, 2011, BC small businesses can apply for up to $5,000 of funding for employee training. This is part of what is called the Workplace Training for Innovation Program, established by British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. Full details and regulations, as well as the application form and frequently asked questions, are available on the website below:

A few notes, although be sure to consult the website above for the official details:

  • The training must take place before March 31, 2011.
  • Eligible businesses / organizations must have 50 or fewer employees.
  • There is a maximum funding amount of $1,500 per employee.
  • Unfortunately, owners are generally not eligible.
  • There is no official list of approved trainers or courses. If the training(s) meets the program’s goals (mostly around increased productivity and competitiveness), and you wouldn’t have enrolled in the training if not for the funding, I would encourage you to apply!

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