Wage Subsidy

 WorkBC’s Wage Subsidy service provides funding to eligible employers as an incentive to hire and provide work experience to WorkBC clients. Contact your local WorkBC Centre to learn more.

Eligible WorkBC Clients

 Individuals must be in WorkBC case management and receive:
  • Employment Insurance (EI) or
  • BC Employment Assistance (BCEA) in the Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI)

 Eligible Employers

 To be eligible for Wage Subsidy, employers must be:
  • A registered business in B.C.
  • Compliant with applicable employment legislation    
 In addition, employers must meet the following employment requirements:
  • Offer a full-time position of a minimum 35 hours per week (unless the client has a special need)
  • Offer Insurable Employment, as defined by the Employment Insurance Act
  • Confirm that the client would not have been hired without a wage subsidy
  • Confirm that the client is not an existing employee of the employer
  • Have a position to fill that is normally part of the ongoing business operations
  • Confirm that no workers will be laid off as a result of the wage subsidy
  • 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 usual wage rate for the position

Wage Subsidy Financial Supports

 For WorkBC Clients
In addition to wages from their employers, individuals receiving Wage Subsidy may receive other work-related services and supports such as:  
  • Transportation
  • Dependent care
  • Essential work clothing
  • Essential work supplies, tools and equipment
  • Disability supports to reduce barriers to work such as assistive devices

For Employers 

Employers may be eligible for supports, such as:
  • Some of the employee’s wages
  • Disability supports to reduce barriers for an employee to work
 The Canada – British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA) funds WorkBC Wage Subsidy.