Innovator Skills Initiative
The Innovator Skills Initiative provides up to $10,000 to help employers hire a new employee. The program helps under-represented people get their first job in B.C.’s tech sector and supports companies facing skills shortages to grow and expand.
Due to high demand, the program is currently at capacity. Applications received now will be waitlisted and we will contact you if additional spots become available. As the current review process unfolds, more spots may become available. Submitting an application now is encouraged so that your application is added in priority sequences as spots open up.
Each individual step (Employer Application, Employee Confirmation and Employee Intake) in the application process takes up to 30 business days to process. The Employer will be notified of their application status via email shortly after review.
Yes. Note that the grant is disbursed after the work term has been completed.
Employers can apply for a grant retroactively for work terms that started in the past, with a start date no earlier than April 1, 2023.
Yes, grant stacking is permitted as long as the combined value of all grant funding does not exceed the employee’s salary. Limitations apply: Grants supported by Innovator Skills Initiative funds through our partners (e.g. ICTC and BC Tech Association) are not eligible for the same employee at the same time.
No. An employee must reside in B.C. in order to be eligible.
Yes, if they are authorized in writing to work in Canada under the federal Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have reached $10,000 in salary payments and a minimum of 3 months has passed, contact us to inquire about submitting for early claim.
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