The Ministry of Social Development provides funding for the delivery of community based
initiatives under the Partnership and Innovation Fund. The Partnership and Innovation Fund
is intended to increase the employment opportunities for unemployed British Columbians
through the use of partnerships, shared information, technology and innovative practices.
The Ministry of Social Development focuses on delivering responsive, innovative and
integrated services to clients in need. The 2011/12-13/14 Service Plan is available on the
Ministry’s website at http://www.gov.bc.ca/hsd/ and provides details of the
Ministry’s programs, services, goals and strategic objectives. The Employment and Labour
Market Services Division (ELMSD) of the Ministry is responsible for the development,
management, and evaluation of a diverse array of employment services. ELMSD’s vision is to
provide an integrated and responsive employment and labour market system. This means
employment services are responsive, inclusive, accessible and client-centred.
Partnership and Innovation Fund
The Partnership and Innovation Fund consists of four funding streams:
a) Labour Market Partnership (LMP) provides funding to organizations to encourage, support
and facilitate strategies and activities to address local labour market or human resources
issues through strategic partnerships with other labour market stakeholder organizations.
LMP also includes the Employer Sponsored Training (EST) program that provides eligible
employers with financial assistance to support training activities for employees who would
otherwise lose their jobs.
b) Job Creation Partnership (JCP) provides funding to organizations to assist with local
projects that provide useful work experience and skill enhancement opportunities to
eligible job seekers to help them obtain ongoing employment. Projects benefit the job
seeker, community and the local economy; however, the primary focus must be on helping the
c) Research & Innovation (R&I) provides funding to community organizations and partners to
undertake research or develop and implement innovative projects (e.g. pilots), processes
or practices that strengthen the understanding of the labour market and helps move more
Clients into sustainable jobs. This funding stream is under development.
d) Project Based Labour Market Training (PBLMT) is designed to support projects that
provide both benefits to the community and to individuals by providing a combination of on
and off the job training delivered under a project based training model to assist eligible
individuals obtain the skills they need for employment. This funding stream is under
For more information on the Partnership and Innovation Fund, including eligibility
criteria, how to apply, and contact information, please visit the WorkBC website at:
All project proposals are subject to Ministry funding availability
and meeting eligibility criteria.