The JobsNL Wage Subsidy program is designed to connect employers and employees by providing funding to employers to create sustainable long-term employment or seasonal / short term employment. The subsidy is intended to offset salary costs to create new positions.
There are two subsidy options under JobsNL:
Provides a wage subsidy for 28 weeks of a minimum 42-week period of employment. The subsidy is as follows:
- First 14 weeks, 60% subsidy, to a maximum of $12 towards the hourly wage rate
- Second 14 weeks, 0% subsidy towards wages.
- Third 14 weeks, 80% subsidy, to a maximum of $12 towards the hourly wage rate.
A completion bonus of $2,000 for the employer and $1,000 for the employee may be paid, only if the employee remains employed for ten (10) weeks after the end of the subsidy, meaning 52 weeks of continuous employment.
Provides a wage subsidy for a period of 10 – 28 weeks; this duration allows funding for seasonal / short term employment. The subsidy is as follows:
- 60% subsidy, to a maximum of $12 towards the hourly wage rate.
A completion bonus of $2,000 for the employer and $1,000 for the employee may be paid to employers approved for a subsidy of 28 weeks, only if the employee remains employed for ten (10) weeks after the end of the subsidy period, meaning 38 weeks of continuous employment.
A completion bonus does not apply to seasonal / short term employment approved for less than 28 weeks.
Eligibility Criteria Employers
- Private or not-for-profit sector employers that are incorporated or sole proprietorships
- Have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number
- Be in good standing with Registry of Companies and Deeds
- Have an office location/base in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Additional eligibility requirements can be reviewed in the Program Guidelines.
- Employers are required to adhere to the all relevant Terms and Conditions of the JobsNL program
- Federal and provincial government departments, crown agencies and corporations, boards and commissions, municipalities and political parties are not eligible for funding
Eligibility Criteria Participants
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents, who are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Unemployed or underemployed (underemployed being someone who has been employed on average less than 20 hours per week or in a field not related to their training)
- Recent post-secondary graduates who have not obtained employment in their field of study
- International graduates of Memorial University of Newfoundland, or College of the North Atlantic with a Post-graduate Work Permit, and individuals with an Open Work Permit who are residents of the province
- Not receiving a federal or provincial pension, Workplace NL benefits or another benefit prescribed by the Minister.
An individual hired prior to the date an application is submitted, is not eligible for funding.
How Do I Apply?
- Employers must first register in LaMPSS to be able to apply online.
- After registering, a password and user ID is provided.
- Before beginning the application, please review the Program Guidelines for eligibility and information requirements to be provided with the application.
- Employers must complete and submit an online application in LaMPSS along with required information.
- You can check on the progress of your application by logging into your LaMPSS account and viewing the agreement status.
- Applicants are notified by email after a decision is made on the application – within 20 business days of receipt of a complete application.
- When approval is granted, an individual must be hired within 30 business days and employers must submit the enclosed Consent Form.
- Continuous intake of applications, subject to budget availability.
- Priority for funding may be given to occupations and sectors identified by the Department with consideration given to the equitable distribution of funding, especially in areas of high unemployment.
- Incomplete applications will result in delays.
Day 1: A complete application is received by the Department and is assigned for assessment.
Day 1-10: The application is reviewed by the Department to ensure that the proposed activities meet program eligibility and to ensure sufficient budget availability. Applications may be prioritized for funding subject to demand. Recommendations are made to delegated authority (approver).
Day 10-20: The delegated authority reviews assessment and ensures all information to make final decision is on file. Applicant will be notified once approval has been granted or denied.
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