WorkBC Wage Subsidy Program

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The WorkBC Wage Subsidy program covers a part of employee wages so employers can hire unemployed individuals and provide work opportunities.

Comments on Funding:


Deadline: Continuous Intake

An employer must:

  • be a registered business in B.C.;
  • be compliant with all applicable legislation including, but not limited to, the
    Employment Standards Act, Workers Compensation Act, Income Tax Act
    (Canada) and the Employment Insurance Act (Canada);
  • be at Arm’s Length from the WorkBC Employment Services Contractor and
    potential employee;
  • offer a full-time position of approximately 35 hours per week, unless the client has
    a special need for fewer hours per week and this need is documented (these
    clients must be Case Managed Clients who are matched through a WorkBC
  • offer Insurable Employment, as defined by the Employment Insurance Act
  • offer a position where the job and work are primarily done in B.C.;
  • not fill a position vacant because of layoff (other than by filling it with the laid off
    person, unless that person declines the position);
  • confirm that the client is not an existing employee working full-time, part-time,
    temporary, etc., or if the client is an existing employee, that they have been laidoff and are being recalled;
  • confirm the client would not be hired in the absence of a Wage Subsidy;
  • confirm that no workers will experience reduction in hours or be laid off as a
    result of the Wage Subsidy placement;
  • offer the likelihood of long-term employment or provide needed work
    experience to enable client to achieve long-term employment elsewhere;
  • pay reasonable, competitive wages that are reflective of the prevailing wage
    rate for the position.

    Job seekers must be:
  • all residents of B.C. who are not employed at all, this means not working full-time, parttime, temporary, etc.; and
  • identified for this service through the WorkBC Contractor or through an employer.
Application Steps:


Documentation Needed:


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