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Student Wage Subsidies for Tourism Employers

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Are you interested in hiring students in 2022? Three student wage subsidy programs are currently accepting applications from employers.

Provincial Co-operative Education Incentive Program 

The Province of Nova Scotia offers the Provincial Co-operative Education Incentive Program to hire students enrolled in a work term as part of a co-operative education program at a Nova Scotia university or college.

Employers can hire a co-op student for a work term of 12-16 weeks. You’ll receive a subsidy of $7.50 an hour ($9.00 if the student is a member of designated diversity group) for the wages you pay the student. In some education programs, 32-week terms are available – please confirm with the Co-op Coordinator at the post-secondary institution. Employers can be a private-sector, government-funded, non-profit, or charitable organization, a social enterprise, or a municipality.

Application deadline: January 15, 2022 for the Summer Co-op Term (April 1 to August 31).
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Canada Summer Jobs

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. 

The jobs will need to end by September 3, 2022 and must be full time with a minimum of 30 hours a week and a duration of at least six weeks. Service Canada will inform you of the status of your application starting in April 2022.

Application deadline: January 25, 2022

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Propel Student Work Placement Program 

Propel offers post-secondary students opportunities to develop the work-ready skills required to secure meaningful employment upon graduation. 

The wage subsidy can be accessed by businesses from all facets of the visitor economy: accommodations, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, transportation, and travel services. 

Qualifying employers are provided with a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 for each student hired through the program. Currently, wage subsidies are available for student salaries paid from June 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022.

 Already hired a student for a work-integrated learning placement? If the placement took place after June 1, 2021, you could be reimbursed for up to 75% of their wages! Email to learn more.

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Upcoming Webinar

For details on other wage subsidy programs, please join the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) for a webinar on federally funded programs and the Nova Scotia Seasonality Project:

Topic: Wage Subsidy Information Session
When: January 14, 2022 at 10am
Details: An interactive session with representation from Canada Summer Jobs, Nova Scotia Seasonality Project and the National Propel Program.
•    Emily MacPhee and Yazmin Riascos-lmough - Project Managers with Service Canada
•    Lisa Dahr - Director of Industry Relations with the Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council
•    Rachel George - Project Manager with Tourism HR Canada