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Wage Subsidy for Job Seekers

The Wage Subsidy Program is designed to assist job seekers to develop new skills on the job and gain work experience. The temporary subsidy is an incentive for employers who are willing to offer support, supervision and training to their new employee. See the Wage Subsidy FAQ below.

Who is eligible for the Wage Subsidy Program?

Job seekers must:

  1. be unemployed or working less than 20 hours a week, and receiving Employment Insurance benefits or have had a claim in the past 5 years  or have worked any 5 of the last 10 years earning a minimum of $2000 of insurable earnings in each of those years or
  2. be an individual who meet the requirements of the Single Parent Employment Initiative and
  3. be a client of the Work BC Employment Services Centre or become one and
  4. have been identified by their Employment Counselor as needing work experience.

Employers must:

  1. be registered and in business for a minimum of 1 year
  2. be in good standing with Canada Revenue, Worksafe, Employment Standards and Employment insurance
  3. offer training, supervision and a permanent position with a minimum of 35 hours/week of work, unless the potential new hire has a need for less hours.

How do I get into the Wage Subsidy program?

Talk to your Employment Counselor about whether this is a good fit to assist you in gaining skills and finding sustainable employment. The Employment Counselor can refer you to the Wage Subsidy Program.

How much is the Wage Subsidy?

Currently the subsidy is up to 50% of the hourly rate of pay for up to 24 weeks. The subsidy is negotiated individually with each employer.