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Career Focus helps facilitate the transition of highly skilled and/or post-secondary educated young people into the labour market. These youth possess an eagerness to jumpstart their careers by gaining work experience that aligns with their specialized skillset and/or post-secondary education. 

The Program, funded in part by the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, provides employers in the BC Southern Interior with a Wage Subsidy when they hire eligible applicants 15–30 years old for full-time employment.





Key points: 


  • Position must require a high skill set and/or post-secondary education

  • Must be a minimum of 35 hours a week for an average of 26 weeks

  • Wage subsidy is negotiated.



benefits for Youth and Employers: 


  • Signing up for the Program is free.

  • Offset the costs of hiring and training new employees.

  • Find and keep educated, skilled, high caliber employees.

  • Eligible Youth gain a competitive edge when applying for employment.

  • Skilled Youth with advanced education gain valuable on-the-job experience. 





An Employer who is currently looking to fill a vacant full-time position or considering hiring in the near future. Applicants you may be currently interviewing could be eligible for Career Focus Wage Subsidy.



A Youth that is looking to start their career. Stand out amongst the competition by providing the company you want to work for with a Wage Subsidy. Companies you are currently contacting could be eligible for Career Focus Wage Subsidy.




  • Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake

  • Reside in BC Southern Interior Region

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada

  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations

  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits

  • Priority will be given to youth with post-secondary education


  • Are located in BC Southern Interior Region

  • Have been in business for at least one year

  • Are registered and in good standing with WorkSafe BC

  • Have a vacant full-time position available for an eligible youth

  • Initiate a funding agreement prior to hiring 





Have a question?

Ramona Clark

Career Focus Program

Phone: 1.250.448.4603

Toll-free: 1.866.941.3100



The opinions and intentions in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.