Employ PEI - For Employers

Employ PEI is an employment program developed to help employers create long term employment opportunities for job seekers. An employer receives a temporary wage subsidy to provide on-the-job training for a new full time employee. If you are hiring a new employee who lacks the work experience necessary for the position, we can subsidize up to 50% of the wages to a maximum of 20 weeks. At the end of the wage subsidy, the employee should be fully productive and contributing to the success of the business.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Eligible employers include:

  • Registered private sector businesses;
  • Organizations;
  • Municipalities;
  • Band/tribal councils;
  • Public health and educational institutions.

Eligible employees must be:

  • unemployed and looking for full-time work;
  • legally authorized to work in Canada (Canadian citizen or permanent resident);
  • out of high school for at least 2 years;
  • Other criteria may apply.

Also see Employ Pei - For Job Seekers

How do I Apply?

Email a completed Employ PEI Application for Employers and any supporting documentation to skillspei@gov.pe.ca or drop it off to your local SkillsPEI office. To assess your application we will need:

  • Completed Employ PEI Application for Employers;
  • Detailed job description including job duties, education requirement and timelines for the new employee;
  • The contact information for the new employee;
  • Sustainability plan to maintain the new employee following the subsidy period.

When is my Application Due?

There is no deadline for applications under the Employ PEI program as SkillsPEI accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

How Does the Program Work?

Once you submit your completed application package, SkillsPEI will review your information. A Program Officer will contact you within a few days to discuss your application. Once you receive confirmation that your application has been approved for the Employ PEI program, your new employee can start work. To be eligible for funding, you must wait for this approval before your new employee begins working.

The wage rate paid to the participant must be within the wage range for the targeted occupation. SkillsPEI can subsidize up to 50% of the wages by making a maximum contribution of $12.50 per hour for the new employee's wages during the training period.

The Employer is responsible to cover the mandatory employment related costs including CPP, and EI. The Employer also needs to ensure there is proper Worker’s Compensation coverage for the participant.

This information is a general guide for applicants. Applications received by SkillsPEI will be assessed against additional program criteria to determine eligibility.

Where can I get more Information?

Call SkillsPEI's general inquiries line at 1-877-491-4766 or visit one of the SkillsPEI offices.

Application Forms

Employ PEI Application for Employer

Funding Agreement

Funded by the Department of Workforce, Advanced Learning and Population through the Canada-PEI labour market agreements.

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