Employ PEI - For Job Seekers

Employ PEI is an employment program to help job seekers develop new skills and gain work experience through on-the-job training. By providing a temporary wage subsidy to an employer, it helps create long term employment opportunities and assists the employer with the cost of hiring and training a new employee. 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? 

If you are unemployed and looking for full time employment you are eligible to apply.

  • You must be legally authorized to work in Canada (Canadian citizen or permanent resident);
  • You must be out of high school for at least 2 years;
  • Other criteria may apply.

How do I apply? 

You must apply directly with the employer. The employer will interview and select a candidate for the position. If you are selected, the employer will submit an application to SkillsPEI requesting a temporary wage subsidy to hire you. SkillsPEI will contact you to discuss the next steps which will include meeting with a case manager to complete a needs assessment and develop a Return-To-Work Action Plan. To assess your application SkillsPEI will need:

  • Completed Employ PEI Application for Individuals;
  • Return-To-Work Action Plan prepared by your case manager;
  • Resume;
  • SkillsPEI consent form.

When is my application due? 

You must submit your application package and receive confirmation from SkillsPEI that you have been approved for the program before you start your new job.

How does the program work?

SkillsPEI will reimburse your new employer for a portion of your wages during the on-the-job training period. You will be paid by your employer and you will have the same rights and responsibilities as any other employee.

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 Form

Employ PEI Individual Application Form

Funding Agreement

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


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