The Business: Cantrill Distributing is a Castlegar-based bread distribution business serving the West Kootenays. They’ve been in business for 8 years and have 6 employees.

Why the Wage Subsidy Program?

  • Steep learning curve means new employees have to go through extensive training
  • The program allowed them to train staff at a significant cost savings


  • Trained and hired a driver and load sorter—both have stayed on long term and are key employees

Program Feedback from Cantrill:

  • Consistently good, reliable and keen referrals from program and KCDS
  • Easy to manage administratively
  • Good for both employers and people wanting to work
  • Significant cost savings to hire and train employees