Province boosts incentives to hire women, minorities, people with disabilities

Premier Stephen McNeil says an enhanced Graduate to Opportunity program will help more young people get jobs.

Government announced Tuesday that employers can receive an additional ten per cent subsidy in the first year for diverse and international hires.

McNeil says connecting more young people from underrepresented groups, such as women, minorities, and people with disabilities, will help drive youth unemployment down.

The program, launched in 2015, provides salary contributions to eligible businesses that hire recent grads of 25 per cent in the first year and 12.5 per cent in the second.

That will now move to 35 percent in the first year if the employer hires "a female graduate in a non-traditional occupation, a graduate who self-identifies as a person with a disability, a racially visible person, or an aboriginal person, or an international graduate."