Training Fee Support

This program helps unemployed and underemployed people take short-term courses, online or in-person, that help them secure employment. This program provides up to $1,000 for tuition.

People that are self-employed, plus workers who need to diversify their skills to adapt to businesses that have modified their products or services are eligible.

This program also provides 75 percent of the training costs, up to $7,500 for a specialized training bursary where there is an identified skills shortage and high labour demand in the Columbia Basin.

  • Agriculture Work or Related Certification
  • Climate Change Certification
  • Construction Certification
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Forestry Work
  • Health Care Aide
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Office/Business Administration
  • Paramedic or EMT Certification
  • Programming and Coding

You may apply if you:

  • Are a resident of the Columbia Basin;
  • Have been a resident of British Columbia for a minimum of six continuous months prior to time of application;
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Are unemployed, underemployed (underemployed refers to working less than 20 hours per week or earning a wage that is not meeting an individual’s basic financial needs);
  • Have exhausted all other fee support programs; and
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to learning by contributing a reasonable portion of the costs associated with training
  • Other eligibility criteria may apply.

You may keep applying for tuition support until you have used up the full $1,000 limit. After you’ve used $1,000, you must wait five years to reapply.

The program accepts applications year-round. Tuition fees are paid directly to the training institution.

If you are self-employed or currently working MORE THAN 20 hours a week call 1.844.427.1798 for further details.

If you are currently unemployed or underemployed call your local WorkBC centre for further details and eligibility criteria, see numbers below.

Castlegar1.250.365.65151016 4th Street
Suite 210 1113 Baker Street
Creston1.250.428.5655119–11 Avenue North
Fernie1.250.423.4204302C–2 Avenue
Golden1.250.344.5413421–9 Avenue, Suite 205
Invermere1.250.341.6889503–7 Avenue
Nakusp1.250.265.3318205–6 Avenue NW
Nelson1.250.352.6200203–514 Vernon Street
Revelstoke1.250.814.0244117 Campbell Avenue
Trail1.250.512.30011499 Bay Avenue
Valemount1.250.566.91071201–5 Avenue
ʔaq̓am1.250.489.24647468 Mission Road