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WorkBC Wage Subsidy program




The WorkBC Wage Subsidy program covers a part of employee wages so employers can hire job seekers and provide work opportunities. Both unemployed individuals and employers in B.C. can benefit from WorkBC Wage Subsidy.

Eligible Applicants

Job Seeker:

  • All unemployed residents of B.C. who are identified through a WorkBC Centre or an employer-identified job seeker may be eligible to participate in this service.

An employer must:

  • Be a registered business in B.C.
  • Be compliant with all applicable legislation including, but not limited to, the Employment Standards Act, Workers Compensation Act, Income Tax Act (Canada) and the Employment Insurance Act (Canada)
  • Be at Arm’s Length from the WorkBC Employment Services Contractor and potential employee
  • Offer a full-time position of approximately 35 hours per week, unless the client has a special need for fewer hours per week and this need is documented (these clients must be Case Managed Clients who are matched through a WorkBC Centre)
  • Offer Insurable Employment, as defined by the Employment Insurance Act (Canada)
  • Offer a position where the job and work are primarily done in B.C.
  • Not fill a position vacant because of layoff (other than by filling it with the laid off person, unless that person declines the position)
  • Confirm that the client is not an existing employee of the employer or if the client is an existing employee, that they have been laid-off and are being recalled
  • Confirm the client would not be hired in the absence of a Wage Subsidy
  • Confirm that no workers will experience reduction in hours or be laid off as a result of the Wage Subsidy placement
  • 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 prevailing wage rate for the position

Eligible Expenses

Wage subsidy:

For WorkBC Clients
• First 8 Weeks: 50% subsidy (up to $500 weekly)
• Second 8 Weeks: 25% subsidy (up to $250 weekly)
• Final 8 Weeks: 15% subsidy (up to $150 weekly)

For Priority Clients
• First 8 Weeks: 75% subsidy (up to $750 weekly)
• Second 8 Weeks: 50% subsidy (up to $500 weekly)
• Final 8 Weeks: 25% subsidy (up to $250 weekly)

Deadline Date



Contact Name: Government of British Columbia

Phone Number: 250-952-6914 or 1-877-952-6914 (toll-free)


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