Innovator Skills Initiative

Innovator Skills Initiative

About the program

Innovator Skills Initiative

The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation is investing $15 million in the Innovator Skills Initiative program, delivered through B.C.’s Crown agency. As part of this investment, the Innovator Skills Initiative program is being expanded to be more accessible and inclusive.

COVID-19 impacted businesses’ cash flow and reduced employment opportunities. The expansion of the Innovator Skills Initiative program makes it easier for businesses and workers to use the program. Over the coming months, the B.C. government will engage with stakeholder groups and industry to gather input on how the program can be more inclusive and easier to use.

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Program eligibility

Program eligibility to be announced soon.

Can the Innovate BC ISI grants be stacked with other funding?

Yes, other sources of funding can be used as the cash match, so long as the total amount of grants does not exceed the student’s salary, and the funding is allocated for the student’s salary.

Are international students eligible?

Yes, international students are eligible if they are currently enrolled at an accredited post-secondary institution in BC and will be working in BC.

If a student is hired on a contract, rather than as an employee, is the placement still eligible for a grant?

Yes. Any employment that meets legal standards and is compliant with the BC Employment Standards Act is accepted.

What if the student is a recent graduate and not a current BC student, are they still eligible?

The student must be currently enrolled in a B.C. post-secondary institution.

Can students be enrolled at a private post-secondary?

Yes, as long as the post-secondary institution is accredited under the governing bodies of B.C. If you are in doubt, please check with New Ventures BC for confirmation.

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