For a limited time, subsidies are available to reimburse the cost of required training for the HPCN as well as a portion of employee wages for the time required to complete it.
Important: Reimbursement payments are made to the company, not individual employees. Ensure that the contracting company pays for the required training.
Subsidies apply to the first attempt at training only (i.e., first completion of a course or exam whether pass or fail). Any retakes will not be eligible for reimbursement.
Subsidies are applicable to HPCN-required training only and are non-transferrable to other training, companies, or individuals.
The following table shows the current sectors that are eligible for registering with the HPCN and the potential subsidies available. Check back often for updated information.
|Sector||Eligibility Timeframe |
(must complete, or have completed, required training within this period)
|Total Potential Reimbursement
(per Eligible Employee)*
|Fenestration||Retroactive from January 1, 2021||$460|
|HVAC||Retroactive from July 1, 2021||$2,000-$2,220**|
|Insulation||Retroactive from August 1, 2021||$533**|
*Includes partial contribution towards estimated wage costs based on time to complete the requirements and provincial median wages per sector.
** The subsidy will increase by $750 in 2022 to cover an upcoming change in course costs.
*** Estimated cost remaining to complete the requirements after factoring in subsidy reimbursements. These costs are largely associated with remaining wage cost estimates.
How to Request Reimbursement
Only contractors that are registered in the HPCN and have completed the required training may apply for reimbursement. A representative of the contracting company will be required to submit receipts for the training on behalf of their supervisors or installers that take the training. Where eligible for partial subsidies on employee wages, proof of payroll may be required. More information will be provided to contractors during the registration process.
Maximum reimbursement limits per company may apply. Reimbursements are available on a first-come, first-served basis while funding lasts. Registration with the HPCN does not guarantee reimbursement of training costs.
Funding for these subsidies is provided by the government of BC.
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