Wage Subsidies

The Wage Subsidy Program provides temporary wage subsidies to employers who hire and provide work experience and skills enhancement to eligible clients.

Eligible employers can be reimbursed for up to 50% percent of a participant’s gross wages and mandatory employment-related costs such as EI, CPP etc. Workplace accommodations for persons with disabilities, tools, and short-term, certificate based training may also be reimbursed.

The incentive assists with training costs while the new employee gains the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in your organization.


How does this service work?

  • Once eligibility has been confirmed for both the job seeker and the employer/position, the employer will provide a detailed job description and training plan.
  • 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 and then submit a claim form to receive the wage subsidy.
  • Must be a full-time position with a minimum of 35 hours per week.

To be eligible, Employers must:

  • Be a registered business with legal business name/ business number for at least one year
  • Confirm the Client would not have been hired without a wage subsidy and is not an existing employee
  • Offer a full-time position of a minimum of 35 hours per week
  • Client must be paid a reasonable, competitive market wage
  • Offer the likelihood of long term employment

Job Seekers

How does this service work?

The Wage Subsidy Program can be a very effective tool in finding employment. Funding assistance to subsidize the cost of training a new employee can, may make a big difference in their decision to hire! We’ll provide you with a marketing letter for Employers that outlines the features and benefits of our Wage Subsidy Program.

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.

Where do I start?

Talk to your Employment Services Advisor to discuss eligibility and receive your “Wage Subsidy Marketing Letter”.