BC Wage Subsidy Program
The Wage Subsidy program provides financial reimbursement to employers who hire and train eligible job seekers. The Wage Subsidy can often be the incentive an employer needs to hire a candidate who fits the culture of an organization, but who may need some training for specific skills.
Both workers and employers benefit from this service: the worker gains new skills and experience as well as employment, and the employer gains a trained employee, along with financial support to conduct the needed training.
The amount of the subsidy will depend on how much training is needed for the position: typically it is equal to 50% of the new employee’s wage for a period of up to 24 weeks.
Some key points about eligible positions:
- Must be a full-time position with a minimum of 35 hours per week.
- Must pay competitive wages that are reflective of current wage ranges for similar positions.
- Commission only and piece-work positions are not eligible.
- The position must continue after the subsidy ends. (Maximum duration of subsidy is 24 weeks.)
- The employer cannot have any employees on layoff from the position for which the worker is being hired.
How does this service work?
The Wage Subsidy Program can be a very effective tool in finding employment. For an employer, the opportunity to access funding to assist with the cost of training/hiring you for a position, may make a big difference in their decision to hire! As you continue your active job search, you will let employers know about the Wage Subsidy and the benefits that this program can provide for them!
Job Seeker Minimum Eligibility Criteria
- You are unemployed and receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or
- You have received EI benefits that ended in the past five years, or
- You have received EI Maternity or Parental benefits that started in the past five years, or
- You are eligible for the Single Parent Employment Initiative.
- Talk to your Employment Services Advisor to discuss eligibility.
- Attend the Wage Subsidy Orientation to learn more about the program and receive your “marketing letter”.
How does this service work?
- Once eligibility has been confirmed for both the job seeker and the employer/position, the employer will develop the training plan and detailed job description.
- A signed agreement must be in place before the employee can start work. The employer will pay the worker as they would any other employee. At the end of each month, the employer will submit a claim form to receive the subsidy.
Employer Eligibility Criteria:
- Must be a registered business with Canada Revenue, and be up to date with source deductions.
- Must be registered and in good standing with WCB coverage and comply with BC Labour Standards.
- Must have been in business for at least one year.
How do I get started?
Please contact your local Wage Subsidy Advisor to learn more or to find out if a candidate you are considering may eligible.
John Tait – 250.714.0085 x236 or firstname.lastname@example.org