Wage Subsidy Services

Wage Subsidy Work Experience Placements

The Wage Subsidy gives employers financial support to help with some of the costs of on-the-job training and skill development for new employees.

Is My Business Eligible?

To be eligible for a wage subsidy, an employer must:

  • Be a registered business and provide the business legal name and business number
  • Be in business for at least a year
  • Have a position to fill that is part of their ongoing business operations
  • Confirm that no workers will be laid off as a result of wage subsidy placement
  • Apply and be accepted for the program PRE-hire.
  • Offer a full-time position of a minimum 35 hours per week
  • Offer the likelihood of long-term, non-seasonal employment
  • Pay reasonable, competitive wages that are reflective of the prevailing wage rate for the position

How Do I Apply for a Wage Subsidy?

Employers must apply for the subsidy before they hire a potential candidate. Download the TWO part application form:

  • Part 1 Employer Application (This is a fillable PDF form. If you are unable to read it by clicking on it, you will need to download it to your computer.  This often is done by right clicking on the link and selecting “Save Link As“.  An additional method is when the PDF opens and says “Please Wait” in the right hand corner is a download icon. Click it and download the PDF to your computer.)
  • Part 2 Employer Application – Part 2

Who is Eligible for a Wage Subsidy?

To be eligible for a wage subsidy work experience placement, a potential employee must:

  • Be an unemployed and underemployed Canadian citizens (working less than 20 hours/week)
  • Be eligible for Employment Insurance or have had a claim in the last five years
  • Lack work experience in a field or industry
  • Have recently obtained skills training but no experience
  • Be a new immigrant who lacks needed Canadian work experience
  • Be seeking an apprenticeship and lack work experience in the trade


If you have questions or you’d like help applying for a wage subsidy, please contact our business team.