Training funds offered to B.C. small businesses

Qualified employers can get up to $15,000 in training costs covered if they hire an unemployed person

Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister Shirley Bond

Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister Shirley Bond

Small Business BC is offering to help business owners navigate the paperwork for the new federal-provincial training grant.

“We have now a $2 million stream of the Canada Job Grant that will allow small business owners, if they can find somebody who currently doesn’t have a job but has the skill set that they need with some extra training, and offer that person a job, we can now cover 100 per cent of those training costs, up to $15,000,” said Jobs Minister Shirley Bond.

The program also covers up to two thirds of training costs up to $10,000 for current employees who qualify. Small businesses are those with fewer than 50 employees.

Small Business BC CEO George Hunter said the federal-provincial agency now has more than 100,000 clients out of the 400,000 small businesses in the province. It provides one-on-one support for businesses looking to apply for the program.

Small Business BC can be reached at 1-800-667-2272 or on its website to assist with applications.