Wage Subsidies

Last Verified:

Wage subsidies provide a financial incentive to eligible employers. Applying for a wage subsidy can offset the costs associated with wages and benefits.

Summary

Wage subsidies provide a financial incentive to eligible employers. Applying for a wage subsidy can offset the costs associated with wages and benefits.

Hiring employees is an essential part of growing your business. Whether you need full-time employees or extra staff to help you during your busy period, this handout will give you an overview of programs that are available in Manitoba.

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

A non-refundable tax credit equal to 10 per cent of eligible salaries and wages payable to qualifying apprentices employed after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice.

Contact: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Phone: 1-800-959-5525
Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns409-485/412/jctc-eng.html

Canada Manitoba Job Grant

Employers are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 for each individual employee or prospective employee to assist with direct training costs.

Contact: Industry Services
Phone: 204-945-5643
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/tce/iwd/cjg

Canada Summer Jobs

Do you plan to hire students to help out at your small business next summer? This wage subsidy could help you pay up to 50% of the salary to an eligible full-time student.

Contact: Service Canada
Phone: 1-800-935-5555
Website: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml

Co-operative Education and Apprenticeship Tax Credits (CEATC)

The CAETC tax credits provide qualified employers with a percentage of the wages and salaries paid to certain types of trainee employees and recent graduates working in Manitoba, net of other government funding for that remuneration.

Contact: Manitoba Tax Assistance Office
Phone: 204-948-2115
TF: 1-800-782-0771 (In Manitoba)
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/finance/ccredits

Environmental Internship and Wage Subsidies Program

This program matches graduates with Canadian employers in the environment sector. Eligible employers can receive up to $12,000 in grants for hiring recent graduates.

Contact: Environment Careers Organizations (ECO) Canada
Phone: 403-233-0748
TF: 1-800-890-1924
Email: info@eco.ca

First Nations and Inuit Student Summer Work Experience Program

This program helps youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for their summer work experience. In addition, these summer work placements allow youth to learn about career options and to earn income that may contribute to university or college education.

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada - AANDC
Phone: 204-984-5293
Website: www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

Hiring Credit for Small Business (HCSB)

This program gives small businesses relief from the employer’s share of employment insurance (EI) premiums paid. The credit does this by paying up to $1,000, based on the increase in an employer’s EI premiums over previous years’ premiums. The HCSB is for employers and businesses that pay the employer’s share of EI premiums to a payroll (RP) account. It does this by crediting up to $1,000 on the payroll program account, based on the increase in an employer’s EI premiums paid in one year over those paid in the year before.

Contact: Canada Revenue Agency
Phone: 1-800-267-6999
Website: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/hiringcredit/

Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY)

This program offers wage subsidies to employers who offer housing industry work experience and on-the-job training to out of school and unemployed First Nations and Inuit youth who are between the ages of 15 to 30.

Contact: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - CMHC
Phone: 204-983-5600
TF: 1-800-668-2642
Email: jidah@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship Program

This program helps companies collaborate with highly qualified science and engineering students at the masters and doctoral levels. Students undertake relevant research at the company’s research facility.

Contact: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Phone: 204-984-6462
Website: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards

This program helps organizations hire an undergraduate level researcher for 12-16 weeks to undertake a project of importance to the firm.

Contact: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Phone: 204-984-6462
Website: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Youth Employment Program

This program provides Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with a financial contribution geared towards supporting a portion of the salary costs of a post-secondary graduate, who will work on technical and technology related opportunities within the SME.

Contact: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Phone: 204-984-6462
Website: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Internship Program with Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises

Youth Employment Program

The program provides Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with a financial contribution geared towards supporting a portion of the salary costs of a post-secondary graduate, who will work on technical and technology related opportunities within the SME.

Contact: National Research Council Canada
Phone: 204-983-0092
TF: 1-877-994-4727
Website: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/services/youth_initiatives.html

Manitoba Works – Wage Subsidy for Employers

This wage subsidy program is available to Manitoba employers who wish to hire individuals who fit into one of these categories: unemployed and receiving income assistance benefits or low income individual or family.

Contact: Manitoba Jobs and the Economy – Employment Manitoba Centre
Phone: 204-945-0575
TF: 1-866-332-5077
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/employment/

March of Dimes - Accessible Biz Connections

The Accessible Biz Connections (ABC) is a wage subsidy that covers up to the full hourly wage of the disabled employee.  The position must be more than 20 hours per week and the amount of subsidy is based on some specific requirements.

Contact: March of Dimes Canada
TF: 1-855-583-4637
Website: www.marchofdimes.ca

marketAbilities Program – Training-on-the-Job

The purpose is to provide wage subsidies to assist employers to train a person with a disability for ongoing employment upon completion of the training period. This wage subsidy is only available to people with disabilities that have been deemed eligible for and enrolled in the marketAbilities Program.

Contact: Jobs and the Economy
Phone: 204-945-4796
TF: 1-800-855-0511
Website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/jec/eia/marketAbilities/

Science and Technology Internship Program

Any non-federal government organization (private company, university or college, non-profit organization and provincial or municipal government) can become a partner of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) when it hires an eligible intern to work on research and development projects that are within the mandate of NRCan. Partners can receive a contribution payment for a portion of the intern’s salary. The intern in an employee of the partner.

Contact: Natural Resources Canada - NRCan
Phone: 613-996-6199
Website: www.nrcan.gc.ca/careers/87/

Work-Sharing Program (WS)

This is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.

Contact: Service Canada
TF: 1-866-891-5319
Website: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/work_sharing

Young Canada Works

This program offers financial assistance to employers who provide summer jobs and/or internships to Canadian students and graduates. Young Canada Works sponsors summer job programs and an internship program for unemployed or underemployed college or university graduates.

Contact: Canadian Heritage
TF: 1-800-935-5555
Email: jct-ycw@pch.gc.ca

 

Note: Application deadlines may vary by program.

For more information about the Wage Subsidy Programs, please contact:

Entrepreneurship Manitoba
240 – 250 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0J7
Phone: 204-945-8200
TF: 1-855-836-7250
Email: embinfo@gov.mb.ca
Website: www.entrepreneurshipmanitoba.ca