Wage Subsidy Programs

A wage subsidy program can put the perfect employee within your reach. These programs may offer your business incentives to hire individuals who need additional on-the-job training.

 

Full Time Wage Subsidy Programs

Full time wage subsidy programs are targeted at youth, recent post secondary graduates, and unemployed workers.

  • Career Focus — Employers who hire recent post-secondary graduates for 6–12 months can receive wage subsidies of up to one third of the annual wage up to a maximum of $15,000. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in co-operation with 10 other federal departments offer the program through the Youth Employment Strategy (YES). There is a similar program called Sectoral Career Focus that is offered in cooperation with the Sector Councils.
  • Environmental Youth Corp — This program offers wage subsidies of up to $8,000 to hire unemployed or under-employed post-secondary graduates to work in an environmental field within Canada. There is also a subsidy of up to $12,000 for international environmental jobs. The programs are offered through the Canadian Council of Human Resources in the Environmental Industry in conjunction with Environment Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
  • Training For Work Programs — Alberta Employment and Immigration provide full and part-time training opportunities of 12 months or less to enable unemployed Albertans to learn new skills in order to improve their employability or to adapt to a changing labour market. Employers may be reimbursed for a portion of costs associated with the training or on the job experience costs per participant.

For a complete list of Canadian Wage Subsidy Programs, please visit Canada Business.

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Summer or Part-time Programs

  • Summer Temporary Employment Programs — High school and post-secondary youth 16 and older can be subsidized for new, full-time positions lasting from 6 weeks to 4 months. Employers must pay a wage appropriate to the position (at least minimum wage) and receive a subsidy of $7.00/hour. Alberta Employment and Immigration funds the program.
  • Canada Summer Jobs Program — This program offers career related summer employment to high school and post-secondary youth aged 15–30. Wage subsidies of 50% are available to private and public sector employers. Jobs must offer 30–40 hours/week employment for 6–16 weeks. This is part of the Summer Work Experience Initiative of HRSDC, Canadian Heritage, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Industry Canada, and Parks Canada.
  • Agricultural Processing Industry Employment Program — This program provides opportunities for career-related experience and skill training for students employed in Alberta's Processing Industry. This program reimburses the employer for one-third of the employee's monthly wage to a maximum of $500 per month. It is administered by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Work Sharing Program — This program is designed to help employers and workers avert temporary layoffs. The employee, employer, and Employment Insurance Commission approve an agreement whereby the employee receives income support during periods where the workweek is reduced. Employers can retain trained employees, and the worker can receive E.I. benefits until work hours return to normal. Programs run from 6 to 26 weeks with a possible extension to 38 weeks and are offered by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
  • Young Canada Works — This program provides wage subsidies to help secondary and post-secondary students access summer work experience in key cultural and heritage sectors; it also provides internships for college and university graduates who need some assistance to enhance their skills and career prospects. This program is administered by Heritage Canada.

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Wage Subsidy Programs for Aboriginal Workers

All wage subsidy programs for aboriginal people are targeted at youth ages 15 to 30 or recent post-secondary graduates.

  • First Nations and Inuit Youth Work Experience Program — This program offers mentored work experience to unemployed or under-employed youth aged 15–30. Projects must be completed within 11 months. Private sector employers receive a subsidy of 50% of the applicable minimum wage, while non-profit sector employers receive 100% plus reimbursement for some employment-related costs.
  • First Nations and Inuit Student Summer Employment Opportunities Program — This program is targeted at secondary and post-secondary students to gain short-term work experience and to earn wages for post-secondary studies. Full-time students between the ages of 15 and 30 who are returning to school are eligible. First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations may submit proposals offering a minimum of 80 hours of work at minimum wage or better. Private sector employers receive 50% wage support while non-profit sector employers receive 100%.
  • Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth — This program is targeted at youth between the ages of15 and 30 who are currently unemployed. Eligible sponsors receive wage support to provide work experience and on-the-job training related to the housing industry for a minimum of 3 months. Projects must be located on a reserve or in an Inuit community. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation offers the program in conjunction with the Youth Employment Strategy of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
  • Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) — Located in Calgary, BEAHR has partnered with the Aboriginal HR Council of Canada on an initiative to create 6,000 aboriginal environmental positions in Canada over the next 15 years. BEAHR offers career awareness through a Speakers Program, work experience and training, and internships including an $12,000 wage subsidy to hire an Aboriginal post-secondary graduate.

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Wage Subsidy Programs for Persons with Disabilities

  • Ability Edge offers 6-, 9- and 12-month paid internships to graduates with disabilities to work for Canadian employers. The program is offered by Career Edge, a private sector, not-for-profit organization that provides work experience opportunities to new graduates in partnership with Human Resources Development Canada.
  • Opportunities Fund is designed to help persons with disabilities develop skills or obtain employment. Employers trying to integrate disabled employees into their business may receive funding to cover wages or employment related costs. Programs run for up to 52 weeks (occasionally 72 weeks). Human Resources and Skills Development Canada sponsors the opportunity fund.
  • The Training For Work Programs of Alberta Employment, Immigration & Industry (AHRE) can also be accessed to find and train disabled employees. In particular, the Job Skills Training program enables clients to learn new skills with on-the-job training.

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