Canada Job Grant can help businesses pay for employee training

Canada Job Grant can help businesses pay for employee training


VICTORIA – B.C. Feb 6th,2015 businesses have an important financial tool to help them connect employees with training that can help boost productivity and the bottom line: the Canada – British Columbia Job Grant.


Launched last fall, the Canada – B.C. Job Grant provides two-thirds the cost of training a new or existing employee – up to a maximum government contribution of $10,000 per employee. The employer is required to contribute one-third of the training costs.


Requiring employers to pitch in helps ensure the training leads to guaranteed jobs.


The Canada – B.C. Job Grant is a flexible program that will help ensure British Columbians can find their fit in our growing and strong economy.



The grant is part of the $65-million Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement provided by government of Canada. Since launching in October 2014, hundreds of B.C. businesses have applied for the grant from throughout the province, representing a vast array of sectors including health care, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.


For the latest updates, fac tsheets and instructions on how to apply, go

    • Employers determine what kind of training is needed.
    • Employers can choose qualified third-party providers to deliver it.
    • All private-sector and not-for-profit organizations, with plans to train workers for a new or better job in B.C., are eligible to apply.
    • If an organization has more than one worker to train, employers can apply for multiple grants on one application.

Canadian Small Business Grants for Hiring Recent IT/Web/Graphic Design Grads

Canadian Small Business Grants for Hiring Recent IT/Web/Graphic Design Grads
After months of anticipation, The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) has finally announced the re-launch of their popular small business grants for hiring program. The program, formerly known as ICTC Career Focus, has been rebranded ICTC CareerConnect, capping off a host of alterations aimed at giving small and medium-sized businesses greater access to the program while increasing the maximum funding amount for eligible applicants.
$16K Hiring Grant Funding for Business via ICTC CareerConnect
The ICTC CareerConnect hiring grant will cover 50% of an eligible candidate's wage, up to $16,000, for any internship that is at least 3 months in length. All internships must end on, or before February 28, 2014.
The main focus of this program continues to be the subsidizing of high demand careers for unemployed or underemployed graduates that will bring passion, energy, and skills their employer. ICTC CareerConnect will help employers meet their skill shortages while helping to create stronger ICT workers among Canada's youth.
Positions Eligible for Small Business Grants Remain the Same, Process for Determining Eligibility Changes
Approximately 1,000 different position titles from the industry are eligible for government grants for small business support through ICTC. The titles have been divided among 23 career titles, each of which denoted by a National Occupational Classification code, or "NOC code". Some of the more popular roles include, but are not limited to:
— Web Designer/Developer
— Computer Programmer
— Mobile Application Developer
— Computer/Hardware Engineer
— Graphic Designer/Illustrator
— Computer and Information System Manager
— Interactive Media Developer


Town gets $25,000 from New Horizons for Seniors Program

Town gets $25,000 from New Horizons for Seniors Program

Caledon Enterprise|Jul 09, 2013| Town gets $25,000 from New Horizons for Seniors Program
Seniors in the Town of Caledon will soon have new opportunities for social participation and inclusion, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
Based on community engagement, the Town will use the grant money to develop an Older Adults Strategic Plan to determine existing services and the needs/provisions of future services. Areas of study will include housing, recreation, health, communication, transportation and any other area that may apply and formulate recommendations for the Plan.
“As we prepare for the inevitable demographic shift in our population, the contributions of the New Horizons for Seniors Program will enable us to strengthen our community,” said Mayor Marolyn Morrison.
“The Seniors’ Advisory Committee has been advocating for an Older Adults Strategic Plan for Caledon and we look forward to participating in this Project,” said Bob Crease, Chair of the Seniors Advisory Committee.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. The funding initiative will enable seniors of Caledon to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others as well as help the community to increase its capacity to address local issues.


Government of Canada Supports Scientific Discovery for Thousands of Researchers and Students

Government of Canada Supports Scientific Discovery for Thousands of Researchers and Students

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 21, 2013)


Scientists, engineers and students at universities across the country will receive significant support from the Government of Canada through the Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced 3,808 research awards that will advance research in a full range of fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

Discovery Grants is the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's flagship program and one of Canada's largest sources of funding for basic research," said Minister Goodyear. "It provides researchers with the means and freedom to pursue their most promising ideas. Our government is proud to support 10,000 researchers who are creating the advances that will drive tomorrow's innovations."

The awards totalling over $413 million comprise the 2013 competition results for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants, Discovery Accelerator Supplements, Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships, Postgraduate Scholarships, and the Postdoctoral Fellowships. Together they build a broad base of research capacity across the country.


An integral component of the government's efforts to promote research and training excellence at Canadian universities, the Discovery Grants Program funds basic research in a multitude of scientific and engineering disciplines.

"Through these programs, NSERC provides direct support to an exceptionally strong base of scientific and creative talent in every field of the natural sciences and engineering," said Janet Walden, Acting President of NSERC. "Our scholarships and fellowships programs help us recruit and retain the bright young minds that will lead the next generation of Canadian discoverers and innovators."

Of the 3,808 awards announced today, 2,026 are Discovery Grant recipients. As well, 125 researchers will also receive a Discovery Accelerator Supplement. Valued at $120,000 over three years, Discovery Accelerator Supplements are awarded to researchers whose proposals explore high-risk, novel or potentially transformative concepts and lines of inquiry, and are likely to contribute to groundbreaking advances.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided nearly $9 billion in new funding for science, technology and the growth of innovative firms. Of this amount, over $6 billion is in support of science and technology activities at post-secondary institutions, including increases in the budget of the Discovery Grants program. This funding has helped to make Canada a world leader in post-secondary education research and to create the knowledge and the highly skilled workforce required for a more prosperous economy.

For more information about NSERC Discovery Grants and Scholarships, please visit the NSERC Web site, where you will find videos, impact stories and frequently asked questions about the program.

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports almost 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging over 2,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.


NSERC Research Grants and Scholarships
2013 Competition Results

The 2013 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) research grants and scholarships competitions resulted in the following awards being offered:
Program Number of Awards Total Value
Discovery Grants 2,026 $323,867,709
Discovery Accelerator Supplements 125 $15,000,000
Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's level: 800 $14,000,000
Doctoral level: 261 $25,550,000
Postgraduate Scholarships Master's level: 36 $622,800
Doctoral level: 450 $26,145,000
Postdoctoral Fellowships 110 $8,800,000
3,808 $413,985,509

The terms of the awards vary from one to five years.

Discovery Grants Program


The Discovery Grants (DG) Program is NSERC's largest program and a key element of Canada's support for excellence in science and engineering research and training at Canadian universities. The DG Program gives researchers the freedom and flexibility to pursue the most promising research directions as they arise, encouraging creative and cutting-edge approaches and international collaborations.

The objectives of the DG Program are:

to promote and maintain a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;
to foster research excellence; and
to provide a stimulating environment for research training.

Discovery Grants support ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals), rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. Researchers are free to structure their program in the most appropriate way for their research area. The grants are awarded for one to five years, although most terms are five years.

After having introduced enhancements to the Discovery Grants peer review system in 2009 and 2010 that created a more dynamic and competitive funding system and introduce a more flexible review structure, NSERC has launched the next five-year review of the Discovery Grants program. To date, we have surveyed Discovery Grants holders, applicants and highly qualified personnel and have sought input from scientific societies and university administrators across the country. Next steps will include a survey and interviews with Evaluation Group members and chairs, followed by a thorough analysis of data, statistics and bibliometric information. These activities will culminate with a meeting of an international panel of experts to review the findings and with a report on the evaluation in early 2014.

Discovery Accelerator Supplements

The Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) Program provides substantial and timely resources to a small group of researchers whose research proposals suggest and explore high-risk, novel or potentially transformative concepts and lines of inquiry, and are likely to have impact by contributing to groundbreaking advances in the area. In particular, for the purposes of the DAS Program, a superior research program is one that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation. The timeliness of DAS support represents the potential for the researcher at this time to capitalize on an opportunity, such as a recent research breakthrough, a paradigm shift or a new strategy to tackle a scientific problem or research question. Each award is valued at $120,000 over three years ($40,000 annually) and provides recipients with additional resources to compete with the best in the world.

The Three Scholarships Programs

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) provide financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. A CGS is offered to the top-ranked applicants at each level (master's and doctoral) and the next tier of meritorious applicants is offered an NSERC PGS. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields. Overall support is limited to four years-a maximum of one year at the master's level and up to three years at the doctoral level.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) Program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and universities.

Contact Information

Michele-Jamali Paquette
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State for Science and Technology

Martin Leroux
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council of Canada

Media Relations
Industry Canada


Investing in Canada’s Future Through Research

Investing in Canada's Future Through Research

Research partnerships key to strengthening Canada's innovation and long-term prosperity


VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – May 31, 2013)

Investing in Canada's Future Through Research

Why do some thrive in difficult circumstances when others fail? How will new roads affect Canadian cities in the future? How do social media networks influence educational models? These are just a few of the questions being answered by our social science researchers across the country. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced an investment of $167 million by the Government of Canada to support social sciences and humanities researchers at post-secondary institutions across Canada. Researchers will collaborate with private, public and not-for-profit sectors on issues of importance to advance our understanding of people and society. The announcement was held at the launch of the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, taking place this year at the University of Victoria.

"These grants advance Canadian excellence in social sciences and humanities research by supporting the development of talent and promoting academic-industry partnerships," said Minister Goodyear. "Our government is committed to making our country a global centre of research excellence, innovation and higher learning. We understand that investing in research strengthens the economy, creates high-quality jobs, enhances our competitiveness and improves the quality of life of Canadians."

Of the $167 million in federal funding, $104 million from SSHRC's Talent Program will support more than 3,700 masters, doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships and fellowships. Another $63 million is being awarded over a period of seven years to support 78 research teams across the country through SSHRC's Partnership Grants and Partnership Development Grants. The Government of Canada's investment has leveraged an additional $43.4 million in matching support from sources involved in these projects such as national and international researchers and industry, public and not-for-profit partners.

"Thanks to continued federal support, Canada is a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and training, which help to create and sustain strong cultures of innovation," said Dr. Chad Gaffield, president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. "Through SSHRC's funding opportunities for research partnerships and talent, we are enabling stronger working relationships among academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors, while supporting the development of our next generation of leaders to build a better future for Canada and the world."

The announcement featured a research project led by Dr. Luciana Duranti, from the University of British Columbia, in collaboration with a team of more than 130 researchers and partners, including the University of Victoria and two of its librarians and archivists. The project, "Trust and digital records in an increasingly networked society" will look at the role of "big data" in today's world where we produce, store, and access records in the highly networked environment of the Internet. The goal of this project is to develop integrated local, national and international policies, regulations and standards regarding digital records entrusted to the Internet.

Dr. Duranti's research partnership comprises universities, organizations and industry in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia and encompasses academic expertise in a range of specialties.

Also featured was the research project by Jacqueline Quinless, a doctoral student at the University of Victoria, who is examining how to develop a measurement tool for First Nations community well-being that incorporates traditional knowledge, land and resource management, sport and recreation, and language and culture.

A full list of the grant recipients is available on the SSHRC website.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on developing Talent, generating Insights and forging Connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world. Created by an act of Canada's Parliament in 1977, SSHRC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry.

Talent Program

The goal of the Talent program is to support students and postdoctoral fellows in order to develop the next generation of researchers and leaders across society, both within academia and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. The Talent program promotes the acquisition of research skills, and assists in the training of highly qualified personnel in the social sciences and humanities. In this way, SSHRC fosters the development of talented and creative people who will become leaders across campuses and communities, and thereby contribute to Canada's success in the globalized 21st century.


SSHRC-funded partnerships enable Canadian social sciences and humanities researchers to achieve the highest levels of research excellence, and to mobilize knowledge and expertise for the benefit of all Canadians.

Michele-Jamali Paquette

Director of Communications

Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear

Minister of State (Science and Technology)


Media Relations

Industry Canada


David Holton

Communications Advisor

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Cell: 613-219-7523

Julia Gualtieri

Media Relations Advisor

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council