Targeted Wage Subsidies
for Job Seekers
Targeted Wage Subsidies is an employment program that helps individuals who are experiencing difficulty finding work, by providing temporary wage subsidies to assist employers to hire them. Normally, the subsidy will lead to permanent employment.
Targeted Wage Subsidies help individuals who face barriers to employment by enhancing their skills and improving their employability, through the temporary wage subsidies provided to the employers that hire them.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for participation in Targeted Wage Subsidies (TWS), you must be an unemployed individual ("insured participant") as defined by Section 58 of the Employment Insurance Act. This means that you are an individual for whom:
- an unemployment benefit period has been established or has ended within the 36 months (3 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance; or
- a benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the 60 months (5 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which you remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force.
What are the financial benefits?
The quality of the work experience and other factors will be considered in determining the wage subsidy.
How do I apply?
If you are seeking financial assistance through Employment and Labour Market Services;
- You must first meet with a Case Manager at the EAS office nearest to you. To locate an EAS office in your area, please check out the complete EAS Directory.
- During the initial meeting, the Case Manager will conduct an employment assessment interview, develop a return-to-work action plan and provide support throughout the process.
- The Case Manager will then refer you to the Employment and Labour Market Service they feel is most suitable for your specific situation.
- You will then fill out the application for the employment program and submit it to the appropriate authority for assessment and decision making.
These employment services are provided to unemployed individuals free-of-charge.
How can I get more information?
You can get more information on Employment and Labour Market Services through your local EAS, or through Enquiry BC.
Enquiry BC is a provincial call centre that provides services to all British Columbia residents, on behalf of provincial government ministries, Crown corporations and public agencies.
Hours of Operation for Enquiry BC are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday.
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