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October 2019 / octobre 2019

Green Jobs Program supports companies in providing youth with work experience

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Electricity Human Resources Canada’s (EHRC) Green Jobs Program supports companies in providing youth with work experience (via internships and on-the-job training) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions in Canada’s green economy.

What is a Green Job?
STEM jobs linked to the green economy can be classified two ways:

  • Positions that require environmental skills, knowledge, experience or competencies in order to produce products or services that have an environmental benefit
  • Positions that may not require specialized environmental skills but result in an environmental benefit.

Placements, Subsidies and Training
EHRC provides 50% wage subsidies to a maximum of $15,000 for employers hiring youth between the ages of 15 and 30. For those employers with placements in northern and remote communities and youth furthest from employment, EHRC will provide a 50% wage subsidy to a maximum of $20,000. To encourage employers to proactively place youth from under-represented groups, EHRC is reserving 50% of placements for youth self-identifying in the following categories:

  • Women
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Visible minorities
  • Persons with disabilities

Placements must be a minimum of six months and ending by March 31, 2020.

EHRC also provides funding for training to youth furthest from employment (un- and under-employed) reimbursing 100% of training costs incurred before March 31, 2020 to $15,000 (or $20,000 for youth from rural and remote communities).

Funding may also be combined between wage subsidies and training to a total youth contribution of $15,000 (or $20,000 for youth from rural and remote communities).

Employer Eligibility
Employers must be in one or more of the following areas:

  • Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of green electrical power
  • Sector support including renewables such as: R&D, energy efficiency
  • Firms engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation of green energy
  • Employer organizations must be classified as one of the following:
    • Aboriginal
    • Academic
    • Not-for-Profit Organization
    • Industry
    • Municipal, Provincial, or Territorial Government
    • Utility

Employer Application

This program is funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program.

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