Partnership and Innovation Fund: Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

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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 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

job seeker.

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



Application Process

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.