Métis Wage Subsidy (MWS)


  • To assist Métis individuals secure long-term employment through direct work experience opportunities by encouraging employers to hire and provide on-the-job experience.
  • Program may also be utilized to encourage employers to hire Métis apprentices.

Eligible Clients

  • Métis clients unemployed or under-employed and or clients whose employment is at risk due to the labour market changes, insufficient employment skills or certification.

Eligible Delivery Agents

  • Métis Community Councils
  • For-profit organizations, including partnerships and sole proprietorships
  • Self-employed persons
  • Aboriginal organizations
  • Government institutions
  • Non-profit groups
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (Workers’ Compensation or equivalent) insurance coverage must be provided by the employer for participants in accordance with, and where required by provincial regulations.
  • Sponsors/Employers must possess the appropriate qualifications and expertise to develop, implement and manage the project.


  • On-the-job training must relate directly to employment goals and must meet the needs of both the client and the industry or labour market.
  • Clients must access training through the MNO intake and assessment process.
  • Employer must provide a completed wage subsidy proposal.
  • Client must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • Subsidy rate is negotiated and will be based on prevailing wage rates.
  • MWS clients shall not displace or replace existing employees or volunteers, employees on layoff, employees absent due to a labour management dispute, employees on vacation or interfere with a collective agreement;


  • Maximum length of subsidy is 26 weeks


  • EI and CRF

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