B.C. access grant for labour market priorities


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This program provides grant funding to encourage eligible students to attend targeted high priority programs at eligible B.C. public post-secondary institutions.

What is available?

The program includes four components:

  1. 1 Tools: Students in eligible programs may receive a $500 grant to purchase tools.
  2. 2 Relocation: Students who move at least 100 km or more can apply to receive a grant of up to $4,000 (depending on distance moved) to assist with the cost of relocating to attend an in-demand program.
  3. 3 Loan: Students receiving a B.C. student loan may receive a grant to replace a portion of the loan.
    • Students without dependants may have their B.C student loan reduced by up to $2,000;
    • Students with dependants may have their B.C. student loan reduced by up to $5,400.
  4. 4 Unmet need: Students whose StudentAid BC application shows an unmet financial need may receive a grant up to $6,500 which will be disbursed on or after the mid point of their program.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible if you:

  • Qualify for StudentAid BC funding;
  • Attend full-time studies in foundation or pre-apprentice programs (listed below);
  • Enrol at an eligible B.C. public post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of $100 in provincial financial need from the assessment outcome of your full-time StudentAid BC application.

The eligible in-demand programs are:

  • Power Engineering
  • Heavy Mechanical Trades*
  • Industrial Mechanics (Millwright)
  • Mining Industry Certificate
  • Oil and Gas Field Operations
  • Plumbers
  • Steamfitters and Pipefitters
  • Sprinkler System Installers
  • Welders and related Machine Operators
  • Carpenters
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Ironworkers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Gas Fitters
  • Cooks
  • Bakers

*Includes Heavy Duty Mechanic; Commercial Transport Mechanic; Diesel Engine Technician


There are four components to the B.C. access grant for labour market priorities. You may be eligible for one or all four components of the grant.

  1. 1

    Tools component


    If you meet the criteria for the B.C. access grant for labour market priorities and attend one of the following institutions, you may receive $500 to purchase tools:

    • BC Institute of Technology
    • Camosun College
    • College of New Caledonia
    • College of the Rockies
    • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
    • North Island College
    • Northern Lights College
    • Northwest Community College
    • Okanagan College
    • Selkirk College
    • Thompson Rivers University
    • University of the Fraser Valley
    • Vancouver Community College
    • Vancouver Island University

    How do I apply?
    There is no need to apply. You will be automatically assessed for this grant when you apply for a student loan.


  2. 2

    Relocation component


    If you meet the criteria for the B.C. access grant for labour market priorities and move at least 100 kilometers for trades training at an eligible institution, you may be eligible for the grant based on the distance between your home and your studies:

    • 100 to 500 kilometres - $2,000
    • 501 to 1,000 kilometres - $3,000
    • More than 1,000 kilometres - $4,000

    The eligible institutions include those that have available space for in-demand trades training:

    • Camosun College
    • College of New Caledonia
    • College of the Rockies
    • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
    • North Island College
    • Northern Lights College
    • Northwest Community College
    • Okanagan College
    • Selkirk College
    • Thompson Rivers University
    • University of the Fraser Valley
    • Vancouver Island University

    To find open spaces visit Trades Training BC.

    How do I apply?
    Complete the Relocation Application to demonstrate you have moved at least 100 kilometers to attend your training.


  3. 3

    Loan component

    If you are studying in an in-demand trade at one of 15 eligible public institutions, you may receive a grant to replace a portion of your B.C. student loan. You may receive a maximum grant of $2,000, or a maximum grant of $5,400 if you have dependants.

    The eligible institutions are:

    • BC Institute of Technology
    • Camosun College
    • College of New Caledonia
    • College of the Rockies
    • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
    • North Island College
    • Northern Lights College
    • Northwest Community College
    • Okanagan College
    • Selkirk College
    • Thompson Rivers University
    • University of the Fraser Valley
    • Vancouver Community College
    • Vancouver Island University

    How do I apply?
    There is no need to apply. You will be automatically assessed for this grant when you apply for a student loan.


  4. 4

    Unmet need component

    This grant may reduce or eliminate the difference between:

    • the maximum StudentAid BC funding you are eligible for; and
    • the cost of education and living expenses.

    If you are eligible and are studying an in-demand trade at one of the 15 eligible institutions, you could receive a grant of up to $6,500.

    The eligible institutions are:

    • BC Institute of Technology
    • Camosun College
    • College of New Caledonia
    • College of the Rockies
    • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
    • North Island College
    • Northern Lights College
    • Northwest Community College
    • Okanagan College
    • Selkirk College
    • Thompson Rivers University
    • University of the Fraser Valley
    • Vancouver Community College
    • Vancouver Island University

    How do I apply?
    There is no need to apply. You will be automatically assessed for this grant when you apply for a student loan.