Employment Enhancement Program


The Employment Enhancement program is designed to support employers in the forestry, aquaculture, agriculture, and fishing sectors engaged in value-added secondary processing by providing funding to employers to create sustainable, long-term employment or seasonal employment and a training allowance to support new employees.

The program provides a wage subsidy of 60 percent, to a maximum of $12 per hour, for a period of 10-28 weeks, plus a training allowance up to $3,000 for the individual hired.

Application Process

Eligibility Criteria for Organizations

  • Be incorporated or a sole proprietor.
  • Have a Canada Revenue Agency 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 Employment Enhancement Program

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.

Deadline to Apply

  • Continuous intake of applications, subject to budget availability.
  • Applications must be received at least 20 business days prior to consideration of hiring the individual to ensure a timely review and assessment of the request for funding.
  • Applications received more than 20 business days prior may be prioritized for assessment based on proposed hiring date.
  • 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.

Decision- Making Process

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.

Contact Information
Call: 1-800-563-6600
TTY: 1-866-729-4685
Email: AESL@gov.nl.ca