The Manitoba government is promising wage subsidies for businesses that hire students this summer.
Premier Brian Pallister says the government will pay half of eligible wages — up to $7 an hour — to a maximum of $5,000 per student between 15 and 29 years old.
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Each employer can get the subsidy for a maximum of five students, and the money is to be paid out after summer ends.
Pallister says the subsidy should help businesses hurt by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the support is welcome, especially for some small businesses that have not benefited so far from federal relief programs.
What is Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Plan
- Up to $120 million is available for employers to access a $7 per hour wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student.
- The program is open to Manitoba students aged 15 to 29, with an employment period from May 1 to Sept. 4.
- Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students.
- Reimbursement will be provided at the end of the employment period, upon proof of payment of student wages.
- Employers must place students in jobs that can be accommodated under current public health orders and be able to adapt to recommendations provided by public health officials over the summer.
- For the first two weeks of the program, priority will be given to employers who do not qualify for the various federal government assistance programs.
– — With files from the Canadian Press