Kick-Start Your Environmental Career with ECO Canada Wage Subsidies
Even with the proper education, getting your foot in the door with companies in your field can be challenging. Onboarding new staff is a considerable investment for companies of any size, but especially for smaller businesses. ECO Canada is proud to offer a list of available environmental career wage subsidies through the Government of Canada that can help.
Of course, the potential upside for a business discovering a reliable new employee is immense. Finding a dedicated and passionate individual that wants to learn is always a significant asset.
Recent grads bring an awareness of the latest trends and technologies within the industry. They also provide a positive energy and enthusiasm that is tougher to find in some older, more experienced hires.
Filling out an electronic form is all that’s required for subsidy consideration. If you’re a Canadian business, you’re invited to read more about these initiatives.
For Job Seekers
Gaining practical hands-on experience with a potential employer is an opportunity to evaluate a possible career path. It’s a fantastic way to assess your future goals.
Being in the field, forging relationships, learning processes, and interacting within that community is time well spent. Working is the true measure of your education’s success and your commitment to the industry.
Any experience, be it part-time or full-time, with an employer connected to your area of study looks impressive on a resume.
Applying for a wage subsidy also shows initiative (even though it doesn’t take all that long to fill out the application).
Presenting the application to a prospective employer, and encouraging them to follow suit, presents you as a highly motivated job prospect. It’s what HR managers like to see.
Close to 30% of the current workforce is expected to retire in the next decade, driving the need to attract new talent including from equity-seeking groups and mid-career transitioners and develop/upskill existing workers.
What’s in it for You?
Never underestimate the importance of your first job or an internship in the industry.
It’s a chance to gain contacts, collect references, and gain the confidence to advance in your career. Whether you are there for a few months or a year, time spent in the role serves as a launchpad for every job that follows.
As a student, recent grad, or even someone looking to try a new career, wage subsidies are your potential ticket to a new and exciting life.
Are you ready to take control of your job-seeking future?
Programs That Work
ECO Canada and our funding partners within the Government of Canada are proud to help employers take on new employees with a host of wage funding opportunities.
ECO Canada has distributed over $167 million in funding and created more than 16,755 job placements. During the peak of the pandemic which saw record levels of funding, we created over 4,300 placements in 2021 alone.
Job funding for young practitioners continues to strengthen the environmental workforce in this country.
Create Your Own Work Placements
Visit the ECO Employment Programs page to learn more about the latest opportunities.
- Environmental Jobs Growth Program
- Apprenticeship Service Program
- Nature Based Solutions
- Environmental Foreign Talent Development
- Student Work Placement (Co-op)
- Environmental Employability Pathways
- Youth in Natural Resources
- Science Horizons Youth Internship