Attention Hiring Manager,

Let me introduce myself, my name is Jody Hicks and I am the Coordinator for the Targeted Wage
Subsidies Program for the Peace-Liard Region, my office is in Fort St. John, but I travel to, and take
care of this program from Tumbler Ridge to Fort Nelson.

Our Company – Progressive Employment Services Ltd. is offering the Provincial Government funded
Targeted Wage Subsidies Program in your area. This Program can help you offset the costs of properly
training a new employee, making them an asset to your team.
We do not charge any fees to the employer or employee for this program.

The Targeted Wage Subsidies program is designed to assist individuals who lack experience, by offering employers an incentive to hire them. Employers benefit by receiving a temporary wage subsidy while
their new employee gains experience, and learns important skills, making them a valuable asset to your company.

As an added benefit, we also have a network of Coordinators throughout British Columbia, from the
Queen Charlotte Islands to Valemount and the Peace-Liard Region, allowing us to look throughout the
province for candidates for employment, should we not be able to fulfill your employee requirements
locally. We also work closely with Employment Counselors, Government Training Program
Representatives and T.R.A.D.E.S. Counselors in your area, helping them with placements in related

Progressive Employment Services Ltd. can offer temporary wage subsidies to your business or non-profit organization if you are willing to hire an eligible person.

Eligible participants are individuals who are presently looking for employment and collecting
Employment Insurance, or have collected EI within the last 36 months, or are entering the labour force
after having left it to care for newborn or adopted children. These individuals must have a benefit period that began within the last 60 months and included a maternity or parental claim.

The application is easy to complete, processed quickly, and the subsidy is paid to the employer on a monthly basis.
If you are considering hiring additional staff, I would appreciate the opportunity to work with you to
develop an action plan to reach your staffing goals.
The next page explains the details and answers many of the questions you may have…

The Caveats, or Small Print –
• We are looking for employers who sincerely want to help their potential employee gain on the job
experience and training, and are willing to take the time to help them gain that experience.
• You must apply and complete this process BEFORE the person starts working for you. The
process can be completed within 1-2 days.
• You must be looking for a person whom you wish to keep full time long term. Minimum of 30
hrs. Per week, averaged out, so it could be 20 hrs. one week, 40 the next, as long as the minimum
averages out to be 30 hrs. per week
• Any position within an organization is eligible for this program
• You may hire multiple positions under this program
• Hiring is solely at the discretion of the Employer, you are not forced to take on anyone we
• No nepotism – you cannot hire a relative to work directly for you
• Your Company must provide the CRA and WCB numbers and fill out Funding Proposal and
description of each position that they are looking to fill.
• Federal or Provincial Government agencies are not eligible employers.
• If you have laid off someone in the past, they do not qualify if you rehire them and they return in
the same job, if you rehire the person for a different job, they may qualify.
• If you interview a person you think you may want to hire, ask them if they meet the eligibility
factors (are presently on EI, were on EI sometime in the last 36 months, or on parental leave EI
sometime in the last 60 months) in this case, call me and I will give you information on the
Employment Assistance Office they will have to visit to be recommended to the program. There
are individual offices in each town.
• An apprentice can be supported at any stage of his or her apprenticeship (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year
or later during the apprentice’s training).
• The TWS program pays up to 50% of wages to a maximum subsidy of $8.00/per hour, so that
wage would be $16. /per hour, you can pay them more; just the subsidy will not go beyond $8.
/per hour. If you pay them $10. /hr, then the subsidy would be $5. /per hour, etc.
• Depending upon the job position and experience the person will gain, they are eligible for the
program for up to 6 months, the length of time will be determined through an assessment of the
employee’s needs.
• If the employee does not work out, you are not obliged to keep them on for the duration of the
program, if this happens, let us know why so we can possibly help you find someone who may be
more suitable.
• If the employee does not work out, you are NOT required to pay back any funding $ for the time
they worked for you.
How you are paid – you fill out 2 pages, one stating how the worker is doing, they also sign this, the
second page is a calculation of what is owed ( hrs X rate = total $ due to employer), these are faxed to us
each month with a copy of the worker’s pay stub or statement and a cheque is subsequently issued to the
employer each month.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Targeted Wage Subsidies Program, or need help
filling out the Funding Proposal form please contact me at the number below.

Yours truly,
Jody Hicks
Targeted Wage Subsidies Coordinator
Peace-Liard Region
Progressive Employment Services
Phone: (250) 262-7468
Fax: (250) 262-0095
Toll Free: 1-888-508-1188
Email: jody@pesl.ca