Wage Subsidy Programs Available!

Posted by Moss Dance on April 14, 2018

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Are you a farm looking for a wage subsidy to hire labour? Here are four federally funded programs to consider in 2018. For a youth to qualify to be hired using one of these programs, they cannot be accessing a wage subsidy through another federally funded program. This is a one wage subsidy program per employee opportunity.


This program is for up to 50% of an employee’s salary, at a maximum subsidy of $15,000. It is funded through the Government of Canada, Department of Natural Resources and Science Horizons. The goal is to help young professionals access full-time employment that positively contributes to the environment. By using this wage funding program, you can hire professionals to conduct environmental research, appropriately manage Canada’s natural resources, educate the public on environmental topics, support direct initiatives related to sustainability and conservation, and/or apply STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills within an environmental context.

Employers and employees can go through the pre-qualification process in order to begin working with this program. If you are a youth wanting to work on a specific farm, you can pre-qualify yourself, and then bring this opportunity to a potential employer.

To qualify as an employer you must:

  • Be offering a full-time permanent position
  • Provide an environment related position in natural resources
  • Plan to hire a new employee (however, co-ops, internships and previous part-time employees may be eligible)
  • Host organization must be Canadian owned
  • Job candidate must be 30 or under, and have graduated from a post-secondary institution, be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency status or have refugee status, and be ready to work 32 hours a week or more (full-time)   

Link: http://www.eco.ca/wage-subsidy-programs/


This program provides eligible employers with a $2,800 wage subsidy to hire eligible youth age 15-29.

 A business is eligible if:

  • Youth must be a new hire
  • In operation for at least one year
  • In good standing with WorkSafeBC
  • Must employ youth for a minimum of 3 months
  • Must employ youth for a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Employers will NOT qualify if employee is hired prior to signing Get Youth Working Funding Agreement

Link: http://www.getyouthworking.ca/employers 

UPDATE: Funding is now available for May, June, and July hires in BC! 

Apply before the busy Spring hiring season! Please visit the Get Youth Working website for more details.



Receive up to $6000 for your next hire!

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

For more info, and to apply, please visit: bowmanemployment.com/career-focus


This is an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada program that is still accepting applications past the April 1, 2018 date on their website as long as projects are completed by March 31, 2019. Internships can last up to 12 months. This program is specific to fund internships for post-secondary graduates and high school students to work in the agriculture industry. Internships need to include activities or projects that benefit the environment. For youth to qualify they must not have participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy programs.

Funding is available through the following two streams:

  1. Green Farms Stream: Farm operators could receive up to a maximum of $10,000 per youth intern, 30 years old or younger, including high school students to implement projects that are environmentally beneficial.
  1. Green Internships Stream: Employers in the agricultural sector but not directly on farm could receive up to a maximum of $16,000 per post-secondary graduate intern to undertake environmental activities, services or research that will benefit the agriculture sector. This funding is available to non-profit organizations at a 50:50 cost-share.

Link: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/list-of-programs-and-services/agricultural-youth-green-jobs-initiative/?id=1459879253586

UPDATE: The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative application period is now closed


NOTE: The Canada Green Corps Wage Subsidy program is now subscribed for 2018.

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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. There are currently only six spaces left in BC so please contact aditi.rudra@unac.org ASAP if you are interested!


There are numerous benefits that you would receive, as an employer, by hiring youth under this wage subsidy program. This includes:

UNA-Canada offers approximately a 64.8% wage-split during the placement through the Canada Green Corps program. The subsidy is applied to a minimum wage of $15/hr and maximum wage of $19/hr.

Youth have dedicated years of education to learn about a multitude of greening initiatives. They have the passion and energy, as well as fresh perspectives on how your organization can grow in and with these initiatives.

A marketing opportunity: being part of the Canada Green Corps (CGC) program will enhance your organization’s community engagement, thereby building and maintaining strong ties with all stakeholders.

For a youth to qualify to be hired using this wage subsidy, they must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
  • Be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • Not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits at the time of the placement (*Please note that the cancellation of EI benefits may cause some delay in the hiring process);
  • Not be full-time students or co-op students;
  • Not have participated in a youth project or program funded by the federal government within one year. If youth have participated in a federally-funded youth program, they must have been continuously unemployed throughout the following year, and their application will be subject to review;
  • Must be able to commit to a full-time job placement;
  • Unemployed or underemployed. *Note: Underemployment exists when employed persons are A) working part-time, or B) working in a field that does not utilize their academic qualifications, thus, not attaining their full employment level.


1.  A Job Description

2.  Employer Registration Form and Employer Agreement (PDF)

Once a partnership agreement with UNA-Canada is finalized, you will be registered on our CRM software, and UNA-Canada will help keep you on track with the paperwork by sending reminders by email. 

3.  Reports:

4.  Community Engagement project: provide an opportunity for the Participant to conduct a community engagement activity over the course of their placement during work hours. These activities should not take more than three hours each (including travel) and must be approved by the Regional Coordinator and Employer.

5.  Claim Forms: These can be sent at either the halfway point (1.5 months) or at the end of the placement – given the legwork required to submit these forms, it is recommend to submit these at the end of the placement.

  • Proof of hours worked/wages/source deductions 
  • Proof of payment (proof that the money was deposited into the account) 
  • Proof of MERCs being paid out to Service Canada

Link: http://unac.org/unac-projects/canada-green-corps

NOTE: The Canada Green Corps Wage Subsidy program is now subscribed for 2018.


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