Wage Subsidy

Wage Subsidy Work Experience Placement

The WorkBC Wage Subsidy program provides financial reimbursement to employers who hire and train eligible job seekers. This service is available at NO COST to employers or job seekers.

Both workers and employers benefit from this service: the worker gains new skills and experience as well as employment, and the employer gains a trained employee, along with financial support to conduct the needed training.

What does the process look like?

Employers can contact the Wage Subsidy Specialist and discuss the position. We can then post the vacancy and see if we have any pre-qualified, suitable applicants we can send you.


An employer can identify a potential candidate that does not have the complete skill set for the position and we can determine if that person is eligible for wage subsidy placement support.

Job Seeker’s Eligibility Criteria

  • Unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week
  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance Benefits (EI), or
  • Have received EI benefits that ended in the past 5 years, or
  • Have received EI Maternity or Parental benefits that began in the past 5 years, or
  • Have earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and paid employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to be consecutive years)

Employer Eligibility Criteria

  • Commit to providing year-round, full-time employment; minimum of 35 hours per week (position must continue after the subsidy ends)
  • Have been in business for at least one year
  • Complete a signed agreement PRIOR to hiring an employee
  • Have WorkSafe BC account and be in good standing
  • Provide on-the-job training, support and supervision as needed