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Wage Subsidy Opportunities

 Apprentice Financial Supports: the Skills Development Program

If you are an Apprentice who has been authorized by SkilledTradesBC 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 SkilledTradesBC. The training tax credits are effective from January 1, 2007 and will expire at the end of 2014.

SkilledTradesBC 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.

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.

 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.

Indigenous Student and Employer Subsidies

 Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program

ISET IS A wage subsidy to a specific employer to help you get a job in your chosen field if you are already qualified, Apprenticeships, Summer Students, Self-employment at some locations.

At the following links you will find a list of organizations that provide a suite of skills development and job training, from essential skills such as literacy and numeracy to more advanced training for in-demand jobs. They also offer a range of wrap-around services (such as help with child care supports and transportation) while you're training to achieve your long-term career goals.

For more information, visit Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program.

 Indigenous Youth Internship Program

This is a 12 month paid internship for up to 25 young Indigenous British Columbians, ages 19-29. Interns are placed in BC Public Service or Indigenous organizations to support Indigenous youth to develop leadership skills and partnerships and relationships between provincial govenrment and Indigenous communities. 9 months in government/3 months in Indigenous community.

For more information, visit Indigenous Youth Internship Program.

Email: Indigenous Youth Internship Program

 FN and Inuit Summer Work Program

This program provides youth with summer employment opportunities where they can gain work experience and develop important skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork.

For more information, visit First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Program.

Email: First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Program

Phone: 1-800-567-9604

Applications open January-February for host organization.

 First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy

INAC provides a number of special incentives to address the significantly lower rate of educational attainment within the Indigenous population and First Nation and Inuit under-representation in the Canadian workforce. These incentives serve to integrate culturally appropriate content within K-12 education, facilitate student transitions from secondary to post-secondary education and/or from school to the workplace and, ultimately, increase the number of skilled Indigenous youth in the workforce.

For more information, visit First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy.

Email: First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy

 Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)

Providing career-related employment opportunities during the summer months for First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students. Eligible recipients are First Nations communities in the British Columbia region. Eligible recipients may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.

For more information, visit Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP).

See full details in the SWEP Program Guidelines or contact us 604-925-6087 or by email: if you have any questions.

 Skills Link Program (SLP)

Wage subsidies for mentored work placements for youth who are not in school to enable them to develop employability skills and support their educational and career development. This includes placements specifically in IT, experience through school-based co-op or internship opportunities, entrepreneurial support, training experiences that support Indigenous youth gaining support in career decisions, career counseling, career fairs and leadership projects and activities that connect science and technology to traditional Indigenous knowledge.

For more information, visit Skills Link Program or view Program Details.

See full details in the Program Guidelines or contact us at or by phone: 604-925-6087.

 Inuit Cultural Advancement

To support Inuit individuals and Inuit communities in expressing, preserving, developing and promoting their cultural heritage as well as sharing their heritage with other Canadians, thereby promoting awareness of Canada's cultural diversity.

For more information, visit Inuit Cultural Advancement.

 NVIATS Wage Subsidy

Wage Subsidy is negotiated and rages from 40 to 60% of wages for up to 3 months, assists employer in offsetting the costs of developing a new employee’s ability and level of productivity, develop the employee’s skills on the job to meet your unique business needs.

For more information, visit NVIATS Wage Subsidy.

Contact: 250-286-3455

 NVIATS Summer Program

NVIATS Summer Student Program provides funding to help Bands, Organizations, and Employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

For more information, visit NVIATS Summer Program.

Contact: 250-286-3455

 Access Futures

Urban Employement and Training services to Indigenous Peoples in Vancouver.

For more information, visit Access Futures.

Contact: 604-251-7955

 Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships Program

Under the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships (ACBTP) program, the Ministry of Post Secondary Education and Future Skills (“the Ministry”) funds public post-secondary institutions and Indigenous communities to deliver education and training to Indigenous learners to further their educational attainment and labour market participation. Funds are provided through the Ministry and the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

For more information, visit Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships Program.

 Broad Indigenous Business COVID Funding

The funding will be provided through Aboriginal financial institutions, which offer financing and business support to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses. The financing will be administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA). The funding is aimed to give Indigenous businesses access to short-term, interest-free loans and non-repayable grants.

For more information, visit Broad Indigenous Business COVID Funding.


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. Additional funding for Women and Indigenous Students in Stem.

For more information, visit Eco-Canada.


 Green Jobs

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. Additional funding for Women and Indigenous Students in Stem.

For more information, visit Green Jobs.

Contact: 613-523-5315

 Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHRC)

MiHR works with a National Consortium made up of mining employers, service providers, industry associations and post-secondary institutions to implement program activities and inform how industry and education can work together more collaboratively through work-integrated learning. Gearing Up changes the way students in mining-related post-secondary education programs perceive, pursue and acquire the skills needed for in-demand mining careers.

For more information, visit Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHRC).

Contact for more information.


 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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