Manufacturing Supports

The B.C. Government offers a wide range of programs and initiatives designed to support manufacturers.

  • Small Business BC is the province’s premier resource centre for small businesses. It provides company owners with a wide range of products, services and support to enable growth and sustainability.

  • Innovate BC provides students with training opportunities in B.C.’s technology sector through the Tech Co-op Grant Program and the Innovator Skills Initiative. Both programs provide grants for businesses to hire students for tech-specific roles.

  • The BC Supplier Development Program is a pilot program that aims to help small and medium-sized companies develop the capacity needed to expand their businesses and take part in international supply chains.

  • The Innovative Clean Energy Fund supports pre-commercial clean energy technology projects, clean energy vehicles, research and development, and energy efficiency programs.

  • Innovate BC's Ignite Program provides funding to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences sectors in B.C.

  • Growing Forward 2 provides cost-shared funding to support promising new products, practices, processes and technologies that have the potential to generate a benefit to the agriculture sector.

  • The Export Navigator Program offers access to community-based export specialists who provide businesses with a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect them to available resources.

  • The BC Trade and Investment Representative Network includes trade offices in 17 locations, including nine in Asia, four in the United States, three in India and one in the UK. These offices help export-ready BC businesses create and strengthen overseas relationships.

  • Forestry Innovation Investment is a government-funded market development agency that works to strengthen and diversify international markets for B.C. forest products. It is funded and accessed through the BC Wood Specialties Group.

  • The Sector Labour Market Partnership Program provides funding for industry-led research projects to better understand and respond to changing labour market demands.

  • The Training Tax Credit for Apprentices helps make trades training more affordable. The program provides refundable tax credits of up to $3750 for apprentices enrolled in programs administered through the Industry Training Authority.

  • The B.C. Employer Training Grant provides funding for employers to support skills training for their current and new employees to adapt to the changing requirements of jobs and the labour market including a technical skills stream supporting automation and technological advancements, such as new software, technology or machinery.

  • Work BC helps people find jobs, explore career options and improve their skills. It also helps employers fill jobs, find the right talent and grow their businesses.


Additional Supports