COVID-19: Info on PACME

Programme actions concertées
pour le maintien en emploi (PACME)

$100 million to cover workforce-training costs for businesses and organizations affected by COVID-19 (apply before Sep 30, 2020)

The Government of Québec has allocated $100 million for the implementation of the Programme actions concertées pour le maintien en emploi (PACME) – a program which provides financial support for businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The objective of the program is to enable businesses to receive subsidies to help them cover the costs of training.

Eligible training may include, amongst others:

  • Basic employee training
  • Francization / French-language training
  • Digital skills training and E-skills related to telework
  • Continuing education related to the company’s activities
  • Training recommended by professional orders
  • Training necessary for the resumption of the business’ activities
  • Training that enables the requalification of workers
  • Human resources management (HRM) activities including organizational communication
  • Coaching and development of management skills

Companies are encouraged to take online training or distance learning in order to comply with public health guidelines.

The government is offering  to reimburse businesses for 100% of the eligible expenses that they incur, such as trainer fees, the purchase of equipment and human resources management activities, up to a maximum of $100 000. The wages of workers in training will be reimbursed as follows: up to a maximum of $25 per hour for 25% to 100% of the total hours paid.  This will be adjusted according to the federal government emergency assistance for which the company is eligible.

Eligible applicants include businesses with employees, non-profit organizations, community organizations and social economy enterprises. Collective promoters such as sectoral labour force committees may also submit applications under the Program.

PACME is currently in effect and will end on September 30, 2020. All business projects must be submitted to Services Québec and those of collective promoters to the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail.


Last Modified: May 7, 2020