Simple solutions for business: Wage subsidy cuts cost of employee training

For businesses trying to navigate these hectic times, finding the resources to train a new employee may be the last thing on their to-do list.

The Wage Subsidy Program from Parksville’s WorkBC Centre offers a simple, effective solution.

“My real estate business needs to have an effective administrative team in place at all times,” notes Qualicum realtor Ian Lindsay. “The Career Centre, with support of the Wage Subsidy program, has allowed me to train and upgrade new employees in a supportive, easy paper/cash flow process.”

For eligible employers, the program reduces the cost of training a new employee, while also providing valuable work experience to job seekers.

Employee training is a big commitment for employers,” notes Cheryl Dill, Career Centre Executive Director. “The WorkBC Wage Subsidy program will offset half of the financial obligations and our resourceful staff can help support employee retention.”

Here’s how it works:

  • The program provides financial support to eligible employers as an incentive to hire and provide work experience and skills enhancement to eligible job seekers.
  • Employers connect with Employer Services Coordinator Brenda Race and post their position on the Career Centre website and job posting services.
  • Race screens and refers suitable candidates eligible for the Wage Subsidy Program.
  • An Employer Application package, including application and training plan, can be quickly completed and processed, with assistance if required.
  • Once the position is underway, wage reimbursement happens biweekly or monthly, with prompt processing upon receipt of the completed claim and supporting documentation.

“The process is designed to make the program easy for busy employers,” notes Race, who with more than 20 years working in career development, employment facilitation and one-to-one coaching, is passionate about matching employers with job seekers.

Recalling one recent success story: “The employer was initially concerned that the paperwork or process might be complicated, however he was very pleased how fast we put the agreement together and how simple the claim process will be,” she says.

“The Career Centre staff care about both the employee and the employer,” says Lindsay. “I strongly recommend contacting them to see what they can do for you and your business in these changing times!”

To learnabout eligibility and how the Wage Subsidy Program can support your training needs, call Brenda Race at 250.248.3205 ext. 236 or email


The Career Centre is an initiative of the Central Vancouver Island Job Opportunities Building Society and your local WorkBC Centre in Parksville.

Throughout the current physical distancing requirements, the Career Centre team continues serving job seekers and employers, but is providing services virtually. If you’re unemployed or precariously employed, call 250-248-3205 to learn more or visit

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