Labour Market Partnership FOR EMPLOYERS

Labour Market Partnerships is an employment program that provides financial assistance to encourage, support and facilitate labour force adjustments and human resource planning activities which are in the public interest.

Program Objective
Labour Market Partnerships fund projects that encourage and support employers, employee and /or employer associations and communities in developing and implementing strategies for dealing with labour force adjustments and meeting human resource requirements.

Who can Apply?
Businesses, organizations, municipalities, band/tribal councils, public health and educational institutions; are eligible to receive funding.

  • Proposed activities must focus on an identified labour market issue and be assessed as likely to have a positive impact on the labour market.  All activities must involve partnership.  Within these parameters, Labour Market Partnership (LMP) may support acitivities related to human resource planning and labour force adjustment.
  • Activities funded under the Labour Market Partnership (LMP) may include related research, development of human resource strategies, promotion of beneficial human resource and adjustment practices (best practices), coordination of community-base approaches to addressing labour market issues, short-term adjustment services and training support for workers facing lay-off, and development of economic (employment) development plans and community marketing plans.
  • Projects (activities) must have defined start and finish dates, and not be part of an applicant’s day-to-day operations.

      Other critera may apply.

Financial Benefits
Funding may be provided to cover overhead costs such as wages and employment costs, research or technical studies, and other related costs and eligible expenses negotiated with program officials.


Job Creation Partnerships FOR JOB SEEKERS

Job creation Partnerships is an employment program that supports projects that provide eligible individuals with meaningful work experience to help them obtain on-going employment.  Projects should benefit the participant, community and the local economy, however, the primary focus must be on helping the participant.

Program Objective
At the end of their participation in a Job Creation Partnership project, the participants in the program will have recent work experience and additional skills to add to their resumes, increasing their chances of successfully finding long-term employment.  Activities through the Job Creation Partnerships must be finite and incremental to the on-going operation of the project.

Who can apply?
To be eligible for participation in Job Creation Partnerships (JCP), you must be an unemployed individual ("Employment Insurance (EI) Client") as defined in the Canada_BC Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA).  This means that you are an individual for whom:

     a.  an unemployment benefit has been established or has ended within the 36 months (3years) prior to the date of requesting assistance; or

     b.   a benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the 60 months (5 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which you remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force.

Other criteria may apply.  For more information on which other criteria may apply for eligibility into this employment program please contact Enquiry BC.

Financial Benefits
Individuals will receive income support while on the project.  Individuals currently in receipt of EI may continue to receive their EI benefits or the project rate, whichever is higher.  Eligible participants not in receipt of EI benefits will receive the project rate.  This income support is taxable and non-insurable.


Targeted Wage Subsidies FOR EMPLOYERS


Targeted Wage Subsidies is an employment program that provides employers with financial assistance towards wages of eligible individuals whom they hire.  The program encourages employers to hire eligible individuals whom they would not normally hire in the absence of a subsidy.

Program Objective
Targeted Wage Subsidies help individuals who face "barriers to employment/are experiencing difficulty finding work", by enhancing their skills and improving their employability, through the temporary wage subsidies provided to the employers that hire them.

Who can apply?
The following organizations are eligible to provide work experience and receive funding as sponsors through this program?

  • Businesses
  • Non-Profit organizations
  • Crown corporations
  • Municipalities or provincial/territorial governments
  • First Nations councils
  • Public health and educational institutions

Financial Benefits
The individual  needs of the participant and the quality of the work experience and other factors will be considered in determining the duration and rate of wage subsidy.


How can I get more information?
You can get more information on Employment and Labour Market Services through your local Employment Assistance Service (EAS) Provider, or through Enquiry BC.

Hours of Operation for Enquiry BC are 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Vancouver: 604.660.2421
Elsewhere in BC: 1.800.663.7867


By Internet:

In Fort St. John

Ministry of Housing and Social Development
Employment & Labour Market Services Division

Rosolyn Kalb Program Officer:
9504 100 Street
Fort St. John, BC.  V1J 3X6
PH: 250.787.3467 
FAX: 250.787.3250