JobsNL Wage Subsidy

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The JobsNL Wage Subsidy program supports employers to create sustainable long-term employment or seasonal / short term employment. The subsidy is intended to offset salary costs to create new positions.
There are three subsidy options:
1. JobsNL- 42 that provides a wage subsidy for 28 weeks of a minimum 42-week period of employment,
2. Ukrainian Wage Subsidy - for employers who identify Ukrainian participants, subsidies will be available for a maximum of 42-week period of employment. Only full-time (30 or more hours per week), year round employment will be eligible for this subsidy in order to promote connections to immigration pathways,
3. JobsNL- 28 that provides a wage subsidy for a period of 10 – 28 weeks, allowing funding for seasonal / short term employment.

Comments on Funding:

For the JobsNL- 42 option the subsidy is as follows:
- first 14 weeks, 60% subsidy, to a maximum of $12 towards the hourly wage rate,
- second 14 weeks, 0% subsidy towards wages,
- third 14 weeks, 80% subsidy, to a maximum of $12 towards the hourly wage rate.

For the Ukrainian Wage Subsidy option the subsidy is as follows:
- First 14 weeks: 70 per cent, to a maximum of $12 towards the hourly wage rate;
- Second 14 weeks: 60 per cent, to a maximum of $12 towards the hourly wage rate; and
- Third 14 weeks: 80 per cent, to a maximum of $12 towards the hourly wage rate

For the JobsNL- 28 option the subsidy is 60% subsidy, to a maximum of $12 towards the hourly wage rate.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicants must:

  • be private or not-for-profit sector employers that are incorporated or sole proprietorships,
  • have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number,
  • be in good standing with Registry of Companies and Deeds,
  • have an office location/base in Newfoundland and Labrador,
  • adhere to the all relevant Terms and Conditions of the JobsNL program.

    Federal and provincial government departments, crown agencies and corporations, boards and commissions, municipalities and political parties are not eligible for funding.

    Participants must:
  • be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, who are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador,
  • unemployed or underemployed (underemployed being someone who has been employed on average less than 20 hours per week or in a field not related to their training),
  • be recent post-secondary graduates who have not obtained employment in their field of study,
  • be international graduates of Memorial University of Newfoundland, or College of the North Atlantic with a Post-graduate Work Permit, and individuals with an Open Work Permit who are residents of the province,
  • not receive a federal or provincial pension, Workplace NL benefits or another benefit prescribed by the Minister,
  • not be an individual hired prior to the date an application is submitted.
Application Steps:

Applicants/ interested employers must:

1. register and create an account in the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills LaMPSS payment system to apply on-line,

2. complete and submit an online application and wait to be notified by email after a decision is made on the application – within 20 business days of receipt of a complete application,

3. submit the Consent Form after hiring an individual. When approval is granted, an individual must be hired within 30 business days.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. an online application form,
2. the most recent annual or general meeting minutes and financial statement to demonstrate the organization has an executive structure, decision making process and financial accountability, if the employer is a not-for-profit organization.

Other Things to Note:

Program Guideline: August 29, 2023

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