Wage Subsidy for Job Seekers


Earn While You Learn!

A Wage Subsidy is designed to assist job seekers to gain work experience and learn new skills, by providing a financial incentive for employers to provide on the job training.

Our funding helps the employer to pay your wages during the training portion of your new job.
The ultimate goal is regular full time employment!


How Can a Wage Subsidy Help Me Find a Job?

If you are eligible for a wage subsidy, you actually have an advantage to “market” yourself to employers.

As long as the employer fits the eligibility requirements, there are quite a few benefits for them to hire you:

  1. Allows the employer to provide on-the-job training, by offsetting the extra expense of training a new employee.
  2. Helps you to market yourself to the employer as the “right” person for the job, even if you don’t have all the skills.
  3. Employer can hire you for your “soft skills”, or how you “fit” based on your drive and personality, and then train you for the hard skills the job requires.
  4. There is less risk for the employer, as the costs of training are substantially lower.
  5. Gives you an advantage over other, similarly-skilled applicants who don’t have a wage subsidy.
  6. Increases the number of jobs available to you, as some skills will be learned on the job.
  7. The wage subsidy is “yours”, not the employer’s, and you can use it for any employer who fits the eligibility requirements and agrees to sign a contract with us.


Am I Eligible for a Wage Subsidy?

Here are the most important eligibility requirements - wage subsidy participants must be unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hours a week) and:

  • Are currently receiving Employment Insurance benefits, OR
  • Have worked and earned at least $2,000 in EI insurable earnings in 5 of the last 10 years, OR
  • Be an individual who meets the requirements of the Single Parent Employment Initiative, AND
  • Have been identified by your Employment Counsellor as needing work experience to meet your employment goals

If you are in doubt about any of these eligibility requirements, please Contact Us to learn more details - before you get hired.

How Do I Get Started?

The first step is to visit one of our offices so we can make you an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors to confirm your eligibility.   If you’re eligible, the Employment Counsellor will work with you to develop a strategy for marketing yourself to employers.


If you already have a potential employer in mind, and would like to find out if you can use a wage subsidy for that position, it is essential that your eligibility is confirmed, and a Wage Subsidy Agreement is in place with the employer, BEFORE you are hired.


To learn more, see our Wage Subsidy FAQ for Job Seekers or Contact Us.

Employers:  Please visit Wage Subsidy Service for information about employers' eligibility.