Wage Subsidy Programs

As our province recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Government agencies, as well as other industry agencies, are creating programs to help create jobs and stimulate the economy. This page exists to help your business or organization learn about the benefits available through wage subsidies.  


2023-24 Canada-Manitoba Job Grant


The first intake for the 2023-24 Canad-Manitoba Job Grant will open soon.

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Indigenous Professional Association of Canada (IPAC)  PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS PROGRAM

Are you or your company/business interested in supporting Indigenous Youth by mentoring, supporting and hosting an intern? Wage subsidies and support are available through the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada (IPAC)

For more information and to apply: https://indigenousprofessionals.org/ipac-pathways-to-success/ 


From job creation and wage funding to training and labour market research, we champion the end-to-end career of environmental professionals. For more information, visit: https://eco.ca/

Jobs and Growth Fund in Western Canada

The Jobs and Growth Fund provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. The Fund, delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs), provides $700 million nationally over 3 years, which includes up to $70 million dedicated to businesses created after January 2020 that meet eligibility criteria.

In the West, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is investing $217 million to help job creators and the organizations that support them to future-proof their businesses, build resiliency and prepare for growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery, enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs in every corner of the country.

Eligible Applicants: 

  • businesses, including co-operatives
  • not-for-profit organizations and community economic development partners

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/20183.asp 

BioTalent's Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program provides wage subsidies to eligible employers across Canada to hire recent university, college and polytechnic graduates for internships in the environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors.

This program will reopen soon. If you want to be added to the wait list contact askme@biotalent.ca. To stay informed about new funding availability please subscribe to our email list.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/science-horizons-youth-internship-program/

BioTalent's Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement Program was created to provide funding to employ post-secondary students within healthcare organizations, bioscience companies and research organizations.

BioTalent Canada has already placed over 1,500 students through the Student Work Placement Program. 


For post-secondary students

  • Gain valuable skills employers need
  • Start building a healthcare career
  • Showcase direct on-the-job experience on your resume

For employers

  • Gain access to funds to hire students
  • Leverage a talented pool of students eager to enhance their skills
  • Develop new talent for future recruitment needs


  • Employers and positions can be pre-approved for funding before they finalize their selection of students to hire
  • This program allows up to 75% of a student’s work placement salary to be reimbursed to a maximum of $7,500
  • Employers can receive funding for up to 16 weeks of their students full-time or part-time employment
  • Students can work from home  

Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 placements tips:

  1. To ensure enough processing time, applications must be submitted at least six weeks before the placement end date.
  2. Incomplete or inaccurate applications can cause delays.
  3. Applications must be approved and contracts signed before the end of the placement.
  4. If applications are incomplete or inaccurate, BioTalent Canada can not guarantee a contract will be in place before the end of the placement. Therefore wage subsidy funding will not be provided for that placement.

For more information and to apply for SWPP, please visit: www.biotalent.ca/Co-opFunds

BioTalent's Skilled Newcomer Internships for the Bio-Economy

The Skilled Newcomer Internships for the Bio-economy is now accepting applicants. Canada’s bio-economy must become more diverse if the industry is to reach the talent needs of the next decade. Today, recent immigrants and internationally educated professionals (IEP) make up 26% of the workforce. The Skilled Newcomer Internship for the Bio-economy opens the door to newcomers and offers valuable work experience needed to grow a career in Canada’s bio-economy.

Program Description

Many newcomers to Canada—IEPS and recent immigrants—struggle to find work in Canada’s bio-economy. There are many reasons for this, one of which is antiquated human resources plans employed by employers that rely on arm’s-length recruitment.

The Skilled Newcomer Internship for the Bio-economy program helps newcomers get a foot in the door. The program covers 75% of a participant’s salary up to a maximum of $20,000 for bio-economy employers to hire, accommodate and train IEPs for a three-to-nine-month work placement. It presents an opportunity for employers to access talented individuals they might not have otherwise considered for roles.

In addition to the wage subsidy, the program provides participants with free enrolment in BioTalent Canada’s suite of Essential Skills and Technical Skills training courses. Another benefit, especially relevant to recent immigrants and IEPs is access to the BioSkills Recognition Program .

Employers are provided with key onboarding tools, including a diversity and inclusion HR policy template and on-going monitoring to ensure program success.

Employer Criteria 

Employer must:

  • offer full-time positions (at least 30 hours per week) for a three-to-nine month placement;
  • remunerate the balance of the wages not paid by BioTalent Canada to the participant;
  • provide BioTalent Canada with monthly financial claims, progress reports, and data upon request; and
  • provide the application form including:
    • PIF, applicant checklist, direct deposit information, participant resume, company description, job description, and a learning plan developed with the participant.

This position must not be funded by another Federally funded program like IRAP, Mitacs, etc.

Participant Criteria

To qualify for the Skilled Newcomer Internship for the Bio-economy program, a participant must be:

  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulation;
  • a new Immigrant to Canada (in Canada 5 years or less);
  • seeking first full-time work experience in Canada’s bio-economy;
  • not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and
  • new (not yet employed) to the organization applying for funding.

If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact Colleen, at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 218 or askme@biotalent.ca to connect you to an employer.

For more information, and to download the full application package, please click here.