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 

 BioTalent's Career Starter Program

BioTalent announced the relaunch of its successful Career Starter wage subside program. Career Starter provides bio-economy employers with funds to provide opportunities to barriered youth. The $1.5M project bridges the gap between talent and industry, introduces participants to the bio-economy as a viable career path, and enables employers to strengthen their workforce.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program, Career Starter provides employers with 50% of a youth’s salary to a maximum of $20,000 in wage subsidies for a three to nine-month job placement. BioTalent Canada will build on its previous success when it placed 130 youth with 80 employers in 40 cities across Canada in 2019-20. 

“Canada’s bio-economy is facing a shortage of 65,000 workers by the end of the decade, according to BioTalent Canada’s recently released National Labour Market Information (LMI) study,” says Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “Programs like Career Starter are vital resources for introducing talent to the industry and strengthening the pipeline. The talent is out there, it just needs an opportunity to shine.” 

For more information on how to apply, visit biotalent.ca/CareerStarter


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