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 ​residents of B.C. who are either identified for this service through WorkBC Courtenay or through a local employer.
  2. Not be a full-time student
  3. Be working on average fewer than 20 hours per week and actively seeking full-time employment;

Employers must:

  1. Be a registered business in B.C
  2. Be in good standing with Canada Revenue, Worksafe, Employment Standards and Employment insurance
  3. Offer training, supervision and a permanent position with approximately 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 at Work BC 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.

An Employer who wishes to hire you through the Work BC Wage Subsidy program may call Work BC Courtenay at 250-334-3119 to start the process.

How much is the Wage Subsidy?

Currently the wage subsidy is available for up to 24 weeks.

The Work BC Wage subsidy program rate is:

  • First 8 Weeks: 50% wage subsidy (up to $500 weekly)
  • Second 8 Weeks: 25% subsidy (up to $250 weekly)
  • Final 8 Weeks: 15% subsidy (up to $150 weekly)