Wage Subsidy Service

The Wage Subsidy Work Experience Placement Service, 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

  • 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 a new employee to fit 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.
  • Our Employment Counsellors will work with clients who are suitable for your requirements, and refer them to apply for the position.


Employer Eligibility

To be eligible for a Wage Subsidy Work Experience Placement, an employer must:

  • Be a registered business with Canada Revenue Agency, and provide the business legal name and business number.
  • Have been in business for at least one year, and be up to date with source deductions.
  • Be registered and in good standing with WorkSafeBC coverage and comply with BC Labour Standards legislation.
  • Have a position to fill that is part of your ongoing business operations.
  • Offer a full time position of a minimum 35 hours per week.
  • Offer the likelihood of long-term employment.
  • Pay reasonable, competitive wages.
  • Provide new employee orientation and training in new skills.
  • Confirm that the employee would not have been hired without the wage subsidy.


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

Please call us at one of the numbers below before you offer employment - we will process your application as quickly as possible!


How to Apply for the Wage Subsidy Service

Contact us at one of the numbers on the bottom of our webpage, and let us know you are interested in Wage Subsidy.  You will be asked some preliminary questions about the position you are offering, and then:

  • You will be asked to fill out an Employer Application which provides a detailed job description and training plan for the new employee.
  • Each job applicant's eligibility for a Wage Subsidy MUST be determined by working with an AVEC Employment Counsellor (unemployed and eligible for EI being the main ones), but the employer makes the decision on who to hire.
  • When a suitable candidate has been identified for your position, you will meet with the Contract Administrator to complete and sign a Wage Subsidy Agreement.
  • When the employer and new employee eligibility are confirmed, AVEC processes the paperwork as quickly as possible, the agreement is signed, and work begins!


What to be aware of when hiring for a Wage Subsidy position...

  • The employer must be committed to training the new employee new skills for the position.
  • The duration and rate of the wage subsidy will be negotiated, and is directly related to the amount of training required for the employee to obtain the skills necessary to be successful in the position.
  • The employer will issue regular paycheques on paydays; AVEC will reimburse the negotiated amount on a monthly basis.
  • The employer will be required to submit monthly reports to the AVEC Contract Administrator regarding the employee's hours and wages, and to commit to two (2) on-site monitors by AVEC staff during the wage subsidy period.
  • The primary objective of the wage subsidy service is to assist job seekers in securing long term, full-time employment; it cannot be used to resolve employers' cash flow issues, to replace laid off workers, or to rehire former employees.

If you would like to apply for the Wage Subsidy Placement Incentive, call or email us at one of the numbers below.

Job Seekers:

Are you eligible for a Wage Subsidy Work Experience Placement?

  • In need of work experience to attain your employment goal?
  • Unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hours a week) AND
  • 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
  • An individual who meets the requirements of the Single Parent Employment Initiative

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