Targeted Wage Subsidy

Assessment Time Frame: Minimum six (6) weeks.


  • To provide an employment opportunity for an unemployed eligible participant who requires assistance to overcome existing or anticipated labour market barriers. This opportunity may lead to continued employment with the sponsor.
  • To provide a wage subsidy, employment related costs and related training dollars for an unemployed eligible participant.
  • Sponsors will endeavor to hire participant upon project completion.


Eligible Employers:

Aboriginal Bands/Tribal Councils;

Not-for-profit employers; (less than 100 employees)

  • Aboriginal & non-aboriginal companies (sole proprietors, partnerships)
  • Aboriginal & non-aboriginal corporations without share capital;
  • Churches and religious organizations;
  • Community groups, charitable and voluntary organizations;
  • Associations of workers and employers, professional and industrial organizations;
  • Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce;
  • Ad hoc groups;
  • Public health and public educational institutions;
  • Municipal governments;

For-profit employers; (less than 100 employees)


  • Aboriginal and non-aboriginal companies (sole proprietors, partnerships);
  • Aboriginal & non-aboriginal corporations with share capital;
  • Self-employed aboriginal persons;
  • Federal corporations;
  • Provincial corporations;
  • Cooperatives;
  • Private health and private education institutions.


Eligible Participants:

  • Must be First Nations/Inuit;
  • Must be working age;
  • Long term unemployed (3 months or more);
  • No longer required by law to attend school;
  • Participant may have marketable skills but lack work experience in area in which the work experience and/or training will occur.


Activities, Duration, & Cost


  • Projects provide skills to assist the eligible participant in removing employment barriers.
  • Activities should prepare participants for gainful employment with the sponsor.
  • May be full-time or a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • On-the-job and/or off-the-job training are encouraged.

Duration: Negotiable. Up to 8 weeks.

Eligible Costs: the following are eligible costs, subject to negotiations.

  • Not-For-Profit Participant wages – subject to job description and skill set.
  • For-Profit Employers: capped at minimal wage and applicable MERCS, with the employer topping up salary and MERCS to job value rate.
  • Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs): Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Employment Insurance (EI), Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) rate, and holiday pay.
  • Training costs (includes training costs, textbooks, instructional material).
  • Special costs are negotiable for participants with disabilities.
  • It is expected sponsor will provide top-up wages and their portion of the mandatory employment related costs (MERCs) as part of the sponsor contribution.


Approval and Application Process:

Approval Process:

  • Program Officer reviews proposal content and poses assessment questions to sponsor.
    Projects under $50,000 are reviewed and approved internally at SASET.
    Projects $50,000 and over are reviewed internally and then approved by SASET Advisory Committee at their next convened meeting.

Application Process:

* It takes a minimum of four (4) weeks to assess a proposal.
* The following documents are required:

  1. Completed and signed original TWS application
  2. Cover letter
  3. Band Council Resolution (BCR) or board motion decision sheet
  4. Job title and detailed job description
  5. Detailed training plan (include dates, time frames, number of hours, activities, and objectives)
  6. Course outlines and locations for any off-site training
  7. Copy of instructors/trainers resumes
  8. Specify or outline Sponsor/Partner contributions