Work Smarts — Wage subsidy program

As an employer in Atlantic Canada, you can apply to receive funding in the form of a wage subsidy if you hire a recent post-secondary graduate. The funds help cover up to 50% of the employee’s wages. To qualify, you must provide:


  • A $8.5/hr salary top-up (making the minimum salary $17/hr)
  • Up to 26 weeks of employment
  • Relevant work experience
  • Time for the graduate to attend certain training