Wage Subsidy Service

The WorkBC Wage Subsidy program, managed by Alberni Valley Employment Centre (AVEC), provides financial support to an employer as incentive to hire and provide work experience and skills enhancement to eligible job seekers.

Benefits for Employers

  • NEW – increased flexibility to hire new staff OR to re-hire laid off employees (as long as you apply before you hire).
  • NEW – simple online application process (follow link below).
  • The employer is reimbursed a portion (negotiated amount) of a new employee's wages to offset the cost of training.
  • The financial subsidy gives you the flexibility to train to suit your needs.
  • AVEC will post your job online for free, and we can specify that it's a Wage Subsidy position, which will attract eligible applicants who are committed to learning new skills. Or we will work with your selected candidate to establish their eligibility.


Getting Started

Or, contact our Wage Subsidy Coordinator directly at codonnell@avemployment.ca or 250-724-4560 ext. 234.

Important:  The Wage Subsidy Agreement must be in place prior to the employee starting work.

Please call our Wage Subsidy Coordinator before you offer employment - we will help guide you through the process, and  complete your application as quickly as possible!

NOTE - This Wage Subsidy may not be used at the same time as any other wage subsidy funding for the same employee.


Job Seeker Eligibility:

All unemployed residents of B.C. who are identified through the WorkBC Employment Services Contractor, or an employer identified job seeker may be eligible to participate in this service.

Please visit our page, Wage Subsidy for Job Seekers to learn how it works.