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Does the subsidy cover Mandatory Employer Related Costs (MERCs) and Vacation Pay?

The subsidy covers employer charges including the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Employment Insurance (EI) and vacation pay. Employers may choose to pay out the 4% in lieu of vacation or to offer vacation within the contract.

Should employers wish to provide paid vacation days, they will need to ensure that the intern still completes the minimum length of the internship. Please note that the Clean Tech Internships and the Natural Resources Internships need to be a minimum of 26 weeks.

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