Wage subsidy program

As a business impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a temporary 75% wage subsidy for your workers for the first $58,700 of each employee’s salary. You must show that you have either:

  • lost 15% of revenues in March and 30% of revenues in April or May, compared to those months in 2019,
  • or a 30% loss compared to average revenue for January or February 2020.

There is no limit on number of employees covered, and the coverage period is March 15 to June 6, retroactively.

For more information visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html.

Locally, you can contact Joan Schielbelbein, Associate Program Director at WorkBC Centre and Open Door Group in Sechelt for support: joan.schiebelbein@opendoorgroup.org.

Community-Employer Partnerships

Depending on your business and the role that you will play in the community after recovery, you may be eligible for funding and support through a Community-Employer Partnership. For more information on these programs and elligibility, visit https://www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/Community-and-Employer-Partnerships/Community-and-Employer-Partnerships.aspx.

Locally, the WorkBC Centre Sechelt can help you navigate this program and consult with you on your eligibility. Contact Joan Schielbelbein, Associate Program Director at joan.schiebelbein@opendoorgroup.org for more information.

Hiring and rehiring

As businesses begin reopening and adapting to new regulations for safe operations, you may need to rehire your previous staff, but also and potentially look for new staff that have different skills or can meet new job requirements for your business. If you haven’t already identified your immediate and long-term staffing needs, there are a few organizations on the Sunshine Coast dedicated to helping you through this process. These groups can also help you with writing job descriptions, advertising your job posting, screening potential candidates, and conducting interviews, as well as support new recruits with job site readiness, depending on your needs.

WorkBC Centre Sechelt is a great place to start and their staff can also help you identify any Provincial programs you might be eligible for. Visit https://www.workbc.ca/workbc-centres/mainland-southwest/sechelt.aspx for more information.

Praxis Group is a recruiting agency specializing in rural areas with operations on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons. They provide recruitment support for their clients including sourcing, screening, advertising, interviewing, and hiring negotiations. Visit https://www.praxisgroup.ca/ for more information.


Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Call us at 604-747-4696 from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday to speak with one of our local business advisors to help you get started. You can also email us at help@SCBRC.ca.

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