Manitoba Youth Jobs Program

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Manitoba Youth Jobs Program

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Overview

Manitoba Youth Jobs Program is designed to provide a flexible wage subsidy to Manitoba employers to create sustainable long-term, seasonal and short-term employment opportunities for Manitoba youth.

The program provides wage subsidies to permanent Manitoba-based non-profit organizations and private sector employers that hire eligible employees aged 29 and younger. Employers receive a 50% wage subsidy on all eligible wages earned by eligible employees up to a maximum funding of $25,000 per employer. The wage subsidy covers full pay periods that fall between May 1 and September 5, 2021. Employers are not limited in the number of eligible employees they can claim.

The program complements other federal and provincial government programs available to Manitoba employers in 2021, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Hiring Program, Canada Summer Jobs and the Manitoba Green Team program. Employers that are participating in a different government program may receive funding to hire additional employees. Employees who had their wages subsidized by another program in 2021 during or before their participation in Manitoba Youth Jobs Program are not eligible.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Legal action may be pursued in cases of fraudulent applications/fraudulent claims.




Key Dates

The earliest an employee can be hired to qualify under the program

April 1, 2021

Application opens

April 29, 2021

Earliest the pay period must start to qualify under the program

May 1, 2021

Deadline to claim an advance payment

June 30, 2021

Final claim application opens

July 1, 2021

**Application deadline**

**August 31, 2021**

The latest a pay period must end to qualify under the program

September 5, 2021

**Deadline to submit final claim**

**September 30, 2021**




Eligible Employers

To qualify under the program, an employer must meet all of the following requirements:

Employers that do not meet all of the eligibility requirements at the time of their application will not be accepted into the program. Rejected applicants can re-submit a new application for re-assessment until the application deadline. 




Employers Not Eligible




Eligible Employees

To be eligible under the program, the employee must:

Note: Employers are allowed to claim the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) or another wage subsidy program for wages paid to the employee after their participation in the Manitoba Youth Jobs Program has ended.

Employers are responsible for ensuring employees meet the eligibility requirements.




Employees Not Eligible

The following employees are not eligible under the program:




Financial Support

The wage subsidy covers 50% of all eligible wages earned over the program period, to a maximum funding of $25,000 per employer.

Employers are not limited in the number of eligible employees they can claim under the program.




Eligible Wages

Eligible wages include all regular, overtime and statutory holiday wages, including for hourly and salaried employees.

Payments not related to hourly/salaried wages are not eligible including, but not limited to, bonuses, incentives/commissions, remote pay, meal allowances, travel allowance and lodging.

Commissioned sales persons with a minimum wage guarantee are eligible under the program; however, the program will only subsidize their hourly wage. 

The program does not reimburse any Mandatory Employer Related Costs (MERCs) employers are required by law to pay including:




Program Period

The wage subsidy covers full pay periods that entirely fall between May 1 and September 5, 2021.

Partial pay periods that fall outside of these dates are not eligible.

Pay period definition: This is the period of time the employee performed work. Pay periods can be weekly, biweekly, semi-monthly or monthly. Paystubs should clearly outline the start and end of the pay period.




Program Requirements

To receive reimbursement under the program, employers must demonstrate they have complied with the following program requirements when they submit their final claim under the program. Employers that are unable to provide proof they have complied with program requirements will not receive reimbursement, and will be required to pay back to Manitoba any advance payments issued to their business.

Employers must:

Manitoba will not be responsible for any injury, harm, or damage or loss of property to the employer or employee participating in the Manitoba Youth Jobs Program. All parties are responsible for working in accordance with applicable laws of Manitoba. Manitoba reserves the right to suspend, hold back or end its commitment to provide funding under this program if the employer:

In the unlikely event that Manitoba pays more than the employer is entitled to receive under the program, the extra amount will be considered to be an overpayment. Any overpayment must be repaid by the buisness to Manitoba as soon as Manitoba asks the employer to pay it.




Supporting Document Reference Tables

Employee eligibility reference table:

The table below outlines that various documents employers can use to demonstrate their compliance with program eligibility requirements.


Document Type:

Eligibility Criteria

Employee Age Eligibility 

Manitoba Residency

Eligible Start Date

Insurable Employment/
Employment standards compliance

Eligible to Work in Canada

CEWS/ CEHP Compliance

Record of Employment (ROE)

X

X

 

 

 

Third Party Pay Stub

X

X - First paystub with Year to Date Amounts

X

 

 

Internal Pay Stub

X - First paystub with Year to Date Amounts

X

 

 

Letter/Email with Start Date

   

X

   

 

Drivers license

X

 X

     

 

Work Permit

       

X

 

CEWS/ CEHP Period Workbooks; CRA My Business Account Summaries

         

X


Employer Proof of Payment Reference Tables

The table below outlines the various payroll documents required to demonstrate proof of wages paid based on an employer’s payroll system:


 

Requirement #1

Requirement #2

Requirement #3

Option 1:
When using a certified third-party payroll system.
Includes:

  • Ceridian
  • PayWorks
  • ADP
  • IBEX

First and last paystub from the program employment period. Both paystubs must include Year to Date (YTD) amounts for hours and wages.
If YTD amounts are not included, paystubs are required for the entire program employment Period.

 

 

Option 2:
When using an internal payroll system (non-certified third party)

First and last paystub from the program employment period. Both paystubs must include YTD amounts for hour and wages.
If YTD amounts are not included, paystubs are required for the entire program employment Period.

Proof of wages paid by providing one of the following:

  • Copy of cheque register confirming last cheque issued during the program employment period;
  • Proof of direct deposit confirming last payment issued during program employment period; or
  • Record of Employment (ROE)

 

Option 3:
If paystubs are hand written

Each paystub from the program employment period. All paystubs must include YTD amounts for hours and wages.
If YTD amounts are not included, paystubs are required for the entire program employment Period.

Proof of wages paid by providing one of the following:

  • Copy of cheque register confirming last cheque issued during the program employment period;
  • Proof of direct deposit confirming last payment issued during program employment period; or
  • Record of Employment (ROE)

Time sheets for the entire program employment period




Application Process

Online application: forms.gov.mb.ca/manitoba-youth-jobs-program/

Late applications will not be accepted. Employers are responsible for submitting an accurate application by the deadline.




Advance Payment

Eligible employers can request to receive advance payments equal to $750 per eligible employee hired under the program. Employers will be able to request up to 10 advance payments to a maximum advance payment of $7,500 (30 per cent of maximum funding cap - same percentage as under Back to Work Manitoba).

Employers will submit their advance payment requests through the online eform that will be made available once they have been accepted into the program.

Advance payment requests must be made by June 30, 2021 to be eligible. Late advance payment requests will not be accepted.

Advance payments will be made through Electronic Funds Transfer.

IMPORTANT:




Final Claim Process

Eligible employers are required to submit a final claim for all eligible employees.

Final claims will be accepted starting on July 1, 2021 and may be submitted until September 30, 2021.

Final claims will not be accepted after the deadline.

Eligible employers will receive email directions on how to submit their final claim for all eligible employees under the program. The final claim will be made using an online final claim form. Employers must include all employees they are claiming under the program in one final claim submission.

Final payments will be made through Electronic Funds Transfer.

Important:




Inquiries

For inquiries to the program, please contact YouthJobs@gov.mb.ca.




Frequently Asked Questions

 

No. Employees hired before April 1, 2021 are not eligible. You are eligible to hire additional employees through the Manitoba Youth Jobs Program.


Yes you may qualify; however only to hire additional employees. You cannot receive Manitoba Youth Jobs Program funding for the same employees claimed under CEWS or another government program.



Yes, as long as the employee meets the eligibility criteria.


Paystubs that entirely fall within the program period of May 1 - September 5 are eligible. Paystubs that start or end outside of the program period are not eligible.