Government of New Brunswick

Overview

This wage supplement is meant to help seniors continue to have meaningful labour market participation while helping New Brunswick seasonal tourism operators during their regular operations and to extend the tourism season into the fall after the students return to schools.

Eligibility

Employee:
• Must be unemployed and be residing in New Brunswick
• Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
• At least 55 years of age at the time of application.
• Must not be an immediate family member of the employer (spouse, child, parent, brother, sister), nor can they be an officer or director of the organization or a member of their immediate families.

Employer:
• Seasonal tourism operator (in operation 8 months or less and including but not limited to):
o Parks
o RV parks and campgrounds
o Hotels / Motels/ Bed and Breakfasts
o Food/beverage/restaurant
o Tour operators / tour guides / adventure tourism / hunting and fishing guides
o Golf courses
o Museums, interpretation centres, & historic sites
o Theme parks
o Zoos & botanical gardens
o Festivals and events
o Marinas
• Must be:
o Private sector business;
o Non-profit organization; or
o First Nations
• Ineligible applicants include:
o Public sector:
 Part I: Provincial government departments and agencies
 Part II: School system
 Part III: Hospital system
 Part IV: Crown corporations
o Municipalities

Jobs:
• Jobs are for a minimum 18 hours per week up to 40 hours per week, and up to 12 weeks in duration.
• Jobs must be incremental to the employment level of the business.
• Jobs are not paid strictly on commission basis or piece work basis or by the kilometer.
• Jobs are not already publicly funded.
• Jobs do not displace permanent employees on layoff, vacation, parental or sick leave.
• Jobs covered by collective agreements cannot contravene provisions of the collective agreement.
• Jobs must be in accordance with all provincial and federal acts and regulations.
• Jobs must not start before approval of the department.

Funding Eligibility:
Employers must pay $11.25 per hour, for a minimum of 18 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours per week. The duration of the subsidy is up to 12 weeks.

The wage reimbursement available to eligible employers:
• 100 % of $11.25 per hour for the non-profit sector and First Nations communities.
• 50% of $11.25 per hour for the private sector.

Funding will be available up to December 31, 2018.

Employers are encouraged to top up wages, provide additional weeks and add the job(s) to their regular seasonal employment level.

Participating employers will pay the employees hired under the program and will subsequently submit wage claim forms to the department for reimbursement. Employers must not withhold wages while waiting to be reimbursed by the department.
Employers interested in participating in the Tourism Employment Fund for Seniors can submit an application (see section “Forms and Packages”) to the appropriate departmental office.

Description

This wage supplement is meant to help seniors continue to have meaningful labour market participation while helping New Brunswick seasonal tourism operators during their regular operations and to extend the tourism season into the fall after the students return to schools.