Wage Subsidy Programs for Farms in Canada

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 06, 2021

Wage Subsidies for Farms in Canada

2021 WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS FOR FARMS

Are you a farm looking for a wage subsidy to hire labour? Here are several federally and regionally-funded programs to consider. Make sure to read the eligibility requirements carefully, as some subsidies are not allowed to be combined with others.


Youth Employment and Skills Program for Agriculture

The Youth Employment and Skills Program provides a wage subsidy to employers who hire youth (age 15-30 inclusive when the internship started) for agricultural jobs. The program offers support for 50% of wages to a maximum of $14,000. Employers can apply on or after May 5, 2021 for their project to be considered. Projects may start retroactively as early as April 15, 2021.

If approved, the following employers are eligible to receive 80% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum of $14,000:

  • Indigenous individuals or organizations
  • Employers who hire a youth facing barrier(s) (more info in Applicant Guide)

An additional $5,000 of funding is available to offset the costs of employee relocation or to offset the costs of barriers faced by youth.

Who’s Eligible?

Eligible employers are agricultural related organizations such as farmers, food processors and agricultural related non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who can offer opportunities that will give youth:

  • agriculture career-related work experiences and skills in Canada

Application: The fund opened on May 5, 2021, and is open as long as funds are available. Apply soon!

Learn more about the Youth Employment and Skills Program for Agriculture


Alberta Jobs Now Program

Businesses and non-profits can apply for funding to reduce the cost of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans in new or vacant positions. Employers can apply for a grant to offset salary or training costs, or both, equal to:

  • 25% of a new hire’s salary up to $25,000 per employee
  • 37.5% of the new hire’s salary up to $37,500 per employee with a disability

Eligibility: View the eligibility pre-screening questionnaire here.

Deadlines:

  • First intake open: May 20 to August 31, 2021
  • Second intake: September 15 to December 31, 2021
  • Third intake: to be announced at a later date

Read the details about Alberta Jobs Now Program here.


Experience Matters! 55+ Wage Subsidy Program

The Experience Matters! Program offers eligible employers in B.C. a negotiated wage subsidy as an incentive to hire eligible job seekers aged 55+. Funding for the program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement. Employers that hire and train eligible job seekers in jobs offering long-term employment are eligible for a negotiated Wage Subsidy incentive up to $2800.

Companies conduct their own recruiting and the application can be quickly and easily completed. 

Is my business eligible?

  • Worker 55+ must be aged 55 or older and a new hire
  • Business must be in operation for at least one year
  • Business must be in good standing with WorkSafeBC
  • Must employ worker 55+ for a minimum of 3 months with preference given to long-term positions over 6 months
  • Employers will NOT qualify if employee is hired prior to signing Experience
  • Matters Funding Agreement between Employer and Bowman Employment Services Inc.

Deadline: No deadline

Learn more about the Experience Matters Program here.


Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market.

The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows:

  • provide quality work experiences for youth
  • respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers
  • provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. As in 2019, funded employers are no longer restricted to hiring students: all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.

Not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public and private sector employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

Deadline: Closed for 2021. Usually late winter.

Click here to learn more about Canada Summer Jobs

 


ECO CANADA 

This program will cover up to 50% of a student’s wages to $5,000 when employers hire the brightest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Business.

  • Funding is for paid work terms. Work terms can be full time or part time from 6 – 16 weeks.
  • Students gain valuable on-the-job experience
  • Employers increase future talent pool and resource availability
  • Students and Employers are required to find their own co-op placement
  • Three sessions per year: Winter (January-April), Summer (May-August), Fall (September-December)
  • Applications open 3 months prior to start of co-op session

Additional funding may be available for employers who hire student from one of the following groups:

  • Women in STEM
  • Indigenous People
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • First-year Students
  • Recent Immigrants (Permanent resident or refugee status)

Click here to learn more about the Eco Canada Wage Subsidy


GET YOUTH WORKING

This program provides eligible employers with a $2,800 wage subsidy to hire eligible youth age 17-29. 

 A business is eligible if:

  • Youth must be a new hire aged 17 to 29
  • In operation for at least one year
  • In good standing with WorkSafeBC
  • Must employ youth for a minimum of 3 months with preference given to long-term positions over 6 months
  • Employers will NOT qualify if employee is hired prior to signing Get Youth Working Funding Agreement between Employer and Bowman Employment Services Inc.

Deadline: Ongoing

Click here to learn more about Get Youth Working


CAREER FOCUS WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM

BC SOUTHERN INTERIOR REGION

Career Focus helps facilitate the transition of highly skilled and/or post-secondary educated young people into the labour market. These youth possess an eagerness to jumpstart their careers by gaining work experience that aligns with their specialized skillset and/or post-secondary education. 

The Program, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, provides employers in the BC Southern Interior with a Wage Subsidy when they hire eligible applicants 15–30 years old for full-time employment.

Key points: 

  • Position must require a high skill set and/or post-secondary education
  • Must be a minimum of 35 hours a week for an average of 26 weeks
  • Wage subsidy is negotiated.

Benefits for Youth & Employers:

  • Signing up for the Program is free.
  • Offset the costs of hiring and training new employees.
  • Find and keep educated, skilled, high caliber employees.
  • Eligible Youth gain a competitive edge when applying for employment.
  • Skilled Youth with advanced education gain valuable on-the-job experience.

Employee Eligibility:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake
  • Reside in BC Southern Interior Region
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
  • Priority will be given to youth with post-secondary education

Employer Eligibility:

  • Are located in BC Southern Interior Region
  • Have been in business for at least one year
  • Are registered and in good standing with WorkSafe BC
  • Have a vacant full-time position available for an eligible youth
  • Initiate a funding agreement prior to hiring

Deadline: Applications are now closed, but you can join the waitlist here to be notified if more funds become available.

Click here to learn more about the Career Focus Wage Subsidy Program

 


CANADA GREEN CORPS

wage subsidy

Canada Green Corps (CGC) is UNA-Canada’s new innovative youth employment programme designed to bridge 150 talented, yet un-and-underemployed, Canadian youth to meaningful employment to ignite Canada’s green economy. CGC participants will undertake four to six-month work-integrated learning placements with various companies, governments, associations, universities and civil society organizations across Canada.

Partner organizations who hire a CGC participant will receive a wage subsidy of approximately 64.8%. A focus of CGC is assisting their employer organizations and communities in reducing their carbon emissions, but also to engage the community and share innovative carbon-reduction best practices through several presentations and speaking engagements over the course of their placement. 

Deadline: There is no deadline for employers to apply, but there will be limited funding.

Click here to learn more about Green Corps


 

Columbia Basin Trust Wage Subsidies

The Columbia Basin Trust offers several different wage subsidies for businesses in the Kootenays/Columbia Basin region. Visit their website for information. 

Co-op Wage Subsidy – Open

The School Works: Co-op Wage Subsidy provides wage subsidies to employers in the Trust’s region to help them hire post-secondary students enrolled in full-time education and participating in a recognized university or college co-op education program. Eligible applicants include small businesses, non-profits, local governments and First Nations communities in the Columbia Basin Trust region.

Career Internship Program – Open

Our Career Internship Program provides eligible employers with up to 50 per cent of an intern’s salary (up to $25,000 over a seven to 12 month term) for full-time, career-focused positions that lead to permanent employment.

Summer Works Wage Subsidy – Opening February 18, 2021

The Summer Works Program provides small businesses with a wage subsidy to hire full-time high school and post-secondary students during the school summer break. Who Can Apply? Small businesses with headquarters location in Columbia Basin Trust’s region.

Basin Food Producer Wage Subsidy – Opening March 11, 2021
The Basin Food Producer Wage Subsidy Program provides support to primary food producers in the Basin. The program will provide flexibility to farmers to hire employees as needed throughout the 2021 growing and harvesting season. This program helps increase Basin residents’ access to locally grown, healthy food and is addressing the Trust’s Local Food Production and Access strategic priority.
This program is now closed, but Program Guidelines will be posted February 12. Applications open March 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PT/2:00 p.m. MT and are accepted on a first-received, first-served basis.

Deadline: Varies per program

Learn more about the Columbia Basin Trust Wage Subsidies


The Youth Employment and Skills Program provides a wage subsidy to employers who hire youth for agricultural jobs.  The program offers support for 50% of wages to a maximum of $14,000.  Additionally, the program offers 100% of costs for relocation to a maximum of $5,000 if the employee must relocate for the position.

Employers can apply on or after May 26, 2020 for their project to be considered.

If approved, the following employers are eligible to receive 80% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum of $14,000:

  • Indigenous individuals or organizations
  • Employers who hire a youth facing barrier(s) (section 2.2 of Applicant guide)

For youth facing barriers, an additional $5,000 is available to cover the costs of addressing these employment barriers.

Deadline: Closed as of July 6, 2020. Check the link below for updated 2021 information as it becomes available.

 

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