Wage grant program available to Northwest Territories employers

Employers can get up to $2,000 per employee, max $10,000

Wage grant program available to Northwest Territories employers

The Northwest Territories is providing funding for employers that have been impacted by COVID-19-related restrictions

Meant for non-essential businesses affected by rules around gathering sizes under a public health order issued after Aug. 1, 2021, the Labour Market Recovery Wage Grant offers funding of up to $2,000 per employee. Each employer can get as much as $10,000.

“While necessary, the government of the Northwest Territories recognizes how challenging the recent orders and gathering restrictions in the Northwest Territories are for both businesses and employees,” says R.J. Simpson, minister of education, culture and employment.

Earlier, Tourism HR Canada launched a student work placement program that offers employers a wage subsidy of up to 75 per cent of a qualifying student’s wages, to a maximum of $7,500, using federal funding.

In the Northwest Territories, registered businesses, industry associations, local housing authorities, non-government organizations, Indigenous organizations, and local, municipal, and Indigenous governments are eligible to apply.

Non-profit organizations that had to reduce hours of service, where staff are working fewer hours than the July 2021 reference period, are also eligible.

The program will be in effect until March 31, 2022 or until the allocated funding is spent. Employers can get more information and apply for the program through their local ECE Service Centre.

Employers interested in hiring youth for green jobs can now apply for government support from Ottawa. The federal government is investing over $44 million through the Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP) to create green jobs and training opportunities for Canadians aged 15 to 30.

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