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.  


Innovative Growth Program

The IGP provides cost-sharing assistance to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to assist them in developing and commercializing new innovative products and processes. The IGP will support SMEs in the development and growth stages of the business life-cycle to reduce the risks associated with innovative product development, accelerate growth and strengthen their financial position so they can secure future funding to build their Manitoba-based business.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/jec/busdev/financial/igp/index.html 

Science and Technology Internship Program - Green Jobs

The Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs covers the cost of a new hire’s salary by 80% to a maximum of $25,000/yr or $32,000/yr for youth furthest from employment. These funds help employers hire the talent they need and help youth initiate a career. Employers can bring on an eager, young worker for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to their company. 

For more information and to apply, visit: https://bit.ly/39oMArv 

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.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/science-technology/managing/horizons-youth-internship-program.html

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 

Healthy Hire Manitoba

The new Healthy Hire Manitoba Program is a wage subsidy designed to help private-sector employers reopen and encourage employees to get vaccinated and return to work.

Under the Healthy Hire Manitoba Program, local employers can apply for up to $50,000 in provincial subsidies to help cover the wages of new employees who can attest they have been vaccinated or will be vaccinated.

Eligible employers must be an active and permanent Manitoba-based business, not-for-profit or registered charity physically operating in the province. Those employers can receive a 50 percent wage subsidy for a maximum of 10 employees, with a maximum of $5,000 per employee. The wage subsidy covers full pay periods for employees hired on or after June 10, 2021, with the last pay period ending Oct. 15.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/programs/healthy-hire-mb.html 


Manitoba Youth Jobs Program

The Manitoba government will provide more than $25 million that will support more than 8,000 youth employment opportunities this summer through the new Manitoba Youth Jobs Program and existing Green Team grants

The new $15-million Manitoba Youth Jobs Program will provide employers a 50 per cent subsidy on wages paid to eligible employees during the program period of May to September 2021, with a maximum of up to $25,000 per employer. The premier said he anticipates the program will support more than 2,000 Manitoba employers recover from the pandemic and create sustainable long-term, seasonal and short-term employment opportunities for more than 6,000 Manitoba youth.

The Manitoba Youth Jobs Program builds upon and streamlines the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs and Back to Work This Summer programs, which helped create and sustain more than 6,000 jobs for young Manitobans in 2020. The new program:

  • gets money to businesses faster, as employers will be eligible to apply for an advance payment of up to $750 per eligible employee, up to $7,500
  • broadens eligibility criteria to include all Manitoba youth under the age of 30
  • allows employers to claim employees hired as early as April 1, 2021
  • aligns the program’s eligible wage subsidy period to the employer’s own pay schedule to cover full pay periods between May 1 and Sept. 5
  • provides a 50 per cent wage subsidy on all regular, overtime and statutory wages earned during the 18-week period as opposed to a flat per-hour wage subsidy.

The province is also investing more than $10 million in Green Team grant programs to help an estimated 2,000 young Manitobans find summer employment and gain valuable work experience. This includes nearly $9 million for the Urban and Hometown Green Team Program and more than $1 million for the Manitoba Parks Green Team.

Application deadline August 31, 2021

For more information and to apply, please visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/programs/youth-jobs.html

BioTalent's Student Work 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 

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