4 Government Grants for Small Businesses

Applications are now open for four Government of Canada grants.

Applications are now open for four Government of Canada grants to help with hiring, training, and developing export opportunities for eligible companies.

The Canada B.C Job Grant

The Canada B.C. Job Grant (CJG) will provide direct financial support to employers who wish to purchase training for their current or future employees. The CJG goal is to increase participation of British Columbians in the labour force and help them to develop the skills necessary to find and keep a job.

The CJG is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that can help employers invest in training for their current or future employees. The Grant assists eligible employers to offset the cost of training, with the employer contributing one-third of the cost of training and the government contributing the remaining two-thirds. The maximum government contribution is $10,000 for each employee trained.

In addition, the CJG will open more broadly to BC Jobs Plan Priority Sectors, with targeted funding of up to $3 million. Applications opened on January 4th, 2016. For information, application instructions, and application forms, please click here.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

British Columbia's employment service providers may benefit from the opportunity to hire staff for next summer whose salary is free or subsidized. The Canada Summer Jobs program (CSJ) from Service Canada provides a valuable wage subsidy for employers in the not-for-profit, public and private small-business sectors who create summer jobs for full-time students.

To qualify as a private-sector employer, you must have fewer than 50 full-time employees across Canada. The application period for Summer 2016 is now open, and will run until February 26th, 2016. For more information and to apply, visit the Canada Summer Jobs website.

BC Tech Co-op Grant

With demand for tech sector jobs on the rise, the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) is offering the BC Tech Grants Program. The program will provide grant incentives to small technology companies to access top talent while giving students exposure to BC's growing technology sector.

The BC Tech Co-op Grants Program is designed for small tech businesses and will be delivered in collaboration with co-op departments at B.C. public post-secondary institutions. It encourages student training and job readiness through work terms with small technology firms.

Companies must be a for-profit business established in BC, have less than 50 employees on payroll and belong to the technology sector.

Employers receive 25% of the co-op student's salary, up to a maximum of $2700. This is equivalent to about one month's salary of a typical four-month (16 week) work term.

For more information about the application process, please click here.


Global Affairs Canada launched CanExport, a new export development program to support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking to develop export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets.

CanExport is a five-year, $50-million program that provides financial support for a wide range of export marketing activities to support international business development. Delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), CanExport provides financial support for a wide range of export marketing activities.

CanExport complements NRC-IRAP’s existing efforts to support the global growth of Canadian firms and provides a great opportunity to connect NRC-IRAP’s business and innovation expertise to Global Affairs Canada international network and resources. SMEs can submit applications online, on a continuous intake basis, via the Global Affairs Canada website. Click here for complete program details.

Learn about the different types of funding, grants and support options available for your company. Register here for our free Funding and Support Presentation by Accelerate Okanagan Community Manager, Brea Retzlaff.

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