Wage Subsidy

The Employment Program of BC Wage Subsidy Program is designed to assist unemployed people who are having difficulty finding full-time work due to a lack of skills or work experience.

This program provides temporary wage subsidies to employers who hire and provide work experience and skills enhancement of eligible program candidates.

What to keep in mind…

  • Remember that positions that are eligible for wage subsidy must be supported by your occupational goals
  • Maintain a job search log to be reviewed by your Case Manager at your regular appointments
  • You should be committed to the position
  • EI Benefits, if you are receiving them, will end when you start work
  • The employer will issue your pay cheques on paydays; the EPBC will reimburse the employer on a negotiated basis
  • You will be required to communicate with your Case Manager regarding your progress
  • You must contact Community Futures Boundary if:

   a.    You are working less than the agreed upon hours of work per week or if there are any interruptions to your work schedule
   b.    You have any concerns about the employment
   c.    The employment is terminated                                    

What to do if an employer is interested…

  • Connect the interested employer with Community Futures Boundary
  • Community Futures Boundary will provide the employer with an Application form, which includes a job description and will set up an appointment to discuss subsidy
  • The amount and length of the wage subsidy is negotiated between the Case Manager and the employer
  • Please Note: You cannot start work until after the Agreement has been signed

Information for Employers
Wage Subsidy Program Eligibility, an employer must:

  • Be a registered business with a legal business name and business number
  • Have been in business for at least one year
  • Have a position to fill that is normally part of your ongoing business operations
  • Confirm that the client would not have been hired without a wage subsidy
  • Offer a full-time position with a minimum on 35 hours per week
  • Offer the likelihood of long-term employment
  • Pay reasonable, competitive wages

If an employer is interested in the Wage Subsidy Program…

  • Contact Community Futures Boundary WorkBC Employment Services for an Application Form
  • The amount and length of the wage subsidy is negotiated between Employment Connections and the employer

Expectations when hiring for a Wage Subsidy Program…

  • You should be committed to training the employee for the position
  • The duration and rate of the wage will be directly related to the amount of training required for the employee to obtain the skills necessary to be successful in the position
  • You will issue regular pay cheques on paydays; Community Futures Boundary will reimburses the negotiated amount on a monthly basis
  • You will be required to submit monthly reports to Community Futures Boundary regarding the employee’s hours and wages and to commit to two on-site monitors by Community Futures Boundary Staff during the wage subsidy period.
  • The employer makes the final decision to accept or decline the client referred