Wage Subsidy Initiative

The Office of Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities of the Human Resource Secretariat has partnered with the Department of Advanced Education and Skills, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, to provide public sector work experience opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Many persons with disabilities do not possess the work experience necessary to be competitive in the labour market. They have completed post-secondary training but, due to their lack of job experience, are unable to secure employment related to their field of training. The purpose of these work experience opportunities is to provide these individuals the training-related, on-the-job work experience that will make them more competitive in the labour market.

To ensure participants of this initiative obtain what will be viewed by future potential employers as significant work experience; wage subsidy placements can be extended up to one year – subject to negotiation and availability of funds. However, it is important to note, this funding cannot be used to fill unfunded departmental vacancies or to support applications that withdraw the central core of tasks from established positions. In keeping with this, all wage subsidy applications for bargaining unit positions are forwarded by the Office to the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employers for approval before funding is confirmed.

Participants are paid based on a temporary classification determined by your description of the duties and responsibilities of the position and of the knowledge, abilities and education you indicate as being required to perform the work. Wage subsidies are negotiated on an individual basis for the duration of the work experience opportunity.

To participate in this initiative, departments must complete a Wage Subsidy Initiative application form, along with a position description, and submit it to:

Office of Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities
50 Mundy Pond Road
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6
Fax: (709) 729-6737
E-mail: openingdoors@gov.nl.ca

For further information on our Student Summer Employment Program please contact the Office at (709) 729-5881 or toll free at 1-888-729-7690.

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