Wage Subsidy Opportunities

 Apprentice Financial Supports: the Skills Development Program

If you are an Apprentice who has been authorized by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to attend the classroom technical training component of your Apprenticeship Program, you may apply for both Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits as well as additional Program Financial Supports, while you attend your training.

For instructions on applying for EI Part I Employment Insurance Benefits, visit Service Canada.

The training tax credit is for employers and apprentices who take part in eligible apprenticeship programs administered through the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The training tax credits are effective from January 1, 2007 and will expire at the end of 2014.

The ITA oversees B.C.’s industry training and apprenticeship system, including the administration of Red Seal (Inter-provincial) and non-Red Seal (B.C.-recognized) training programs.


Online Information and Application — How to apply and a link for the application webpage.

Notice to Apprentices — Information on how to apply and eligibility.

Training Tax Credit — General information for Apprentices on eligibility, types of tax credits and what you can claim.


Training Tax Credit— General information for Employers on eligibility, salaries, and types of tax credits.

 Mitacs-Accelerate InDev

Mitacs-Accelerate connects companies and federal and provincial government with 60 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.

Expanded Mitacs-Accelerate Program now includes development internships: Funding is now available through Mitacs-Accelerate to collaborate with an industry on development-focused projects, funding grad students from all disciplines to advance work on an existing product or system.

For more information, visit Mitacs-Accelerate.

 Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs provides

  • Work experiences for students
  • Supports organizations, including those that provide important community services
  • Recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

For more information, visit Canada Summer Jobs.

 BioTalent Career Focus Program

BioTalent Canada's Career Focus wage subsidy program provides a substantial boost to help bio-economy employers hire new grads - an increased subsidy of up to $20,000.

This program is a great way to gain valuable, real-world work experience and skills, establish a network of bio-economy contacts, develop personally and as a bio-economy professional, and approach potential employers with a subsidized wage offer in-hand once you are eligible.

For more information and eligibility, visit Biotalent Career Focus Program.

British Columbia

 BC Arts Council | Special Project Assistance - Co-op Placements

This is a program which supports arts and cultural organizations hiring students through co-op placements for professional work experience.

The Association for Co-operative Education (ACE) in British Columbia and Yukon is a provincial non-profit organization of all post-secondary institutions in the region that offer Co-operative Education programs.

To identify programs by institution and to find funding resources, visit ACE.

 Tech Co-op Grants: University Employer Subsidies Listings

Hiring a student for a co-op work term? Apply to get a $5,000 grant!

The Tech Co-op Grants Program provides almost a 25% subsidy towards a co-op student’s salary.  The program is designed to help employers who are hiring young talent and to introduce students to tech-related careers.

BC businesses benefit from co-op students’ fresh ideas and readiness to learn, while students  gain work experience and valuable business and technical skills.

Learn more about your eligibility for a Tech Co-op Grant.  

 Job Development Wage Subsidy

To assist long-term unemployed or those at risk of becoming long-term unemployed by providing training and/or work experience opportunities that should lead to continuing or future employment for individuals requiring assistance to overcome labour market barriers. This could involve employing one or more individuals in new or vacant positions or projects designed to meet community needs or work experience for students over 30.

For more information, visit Job Development Wage Subsidy.

 First Nations Summer Career Placement Program

In partnership with Community Futures Treaty Seven (CFT7), Aboriginal Futures offers a First Nations Summer Career Placement program designed to assist First Nations Treaty Status students secure summer employment that will prepare them for their future entry into the labour market.

By providing financial assistance towards the wage of a student, Aboriginal Futures and CFT7 encourage employers to hire secondary and post-secondary students for summer employment whom they would not normally hire in the absence of First Nations Career Placement funding.

For more information, visit First Nations Summer Career Placement Program.

 Pacific Leaders B.C. Loan Forgiveness

If you are a regular full or part-time employee of the BC Public Service, have completed your probation and have B.C. student loans in good standing, you may apply for this program.

This program is available to BC Public Service employees. You are eligible to apply if:

  • You have Canada-B.C. integrated student loan in good standing and in repayment
  • You have passed your six-month initial probationary period and are a regular full- or part-time employee of a BC Public Service employer. This includes all ministries and any organization that is enabled under the  Public Service Act .

For more information, visit Pacific Leaders B.C. Loan Forgiveness.


 Young Canada Works

Young Canada Works (YCW) offers students and recent graduates the chance to put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path.

Eligible employers may benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. YCW subsidies to eligible employers enable the creation of around 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture and official languages.

Young Canada Works sponsors two internship programs for unemployed or underemployed college or university graduates.

 For more information, visit Young Canada Works.

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