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Manitoba premier announces wage subsidy for student summer jobs


Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister's government is planning substantive labour law changes. (Photo: Premier's Office)

The Manitoba government is promising wage subsidies for businesses that hire students this summer.

Premier Brian Pallister says the government will pay half of eligible wages — up to $7 an hour — to a maximum of $5,000 per student between 15 and 29 years old.

Each employer can get the subsidy for a maximum of five students, and the money is to be paid out after summer ends.

Pallister says the subsidy should help businesses hurt by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says the support is welcome, especially for some small businesses that have not benefited so far from federal relief programs.