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ECO Employment Programs

Training & Wage Subsidies for Environmental Jobs

As the steward for the Canadian Environmental workforce across all industries, we offer employment programs that stimulate environmental career pathways, skill development, business growth, workforce support and workforce advancement through wage and training funding.

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October 2022 Update: Host applications for the Youth in Natural Resources Program (YNR) and Student Work Placement (Coop, Fall and Winter) have been reopened. Please also explore our 2 newest programs Foreign Talent Development Program and Apprenticeship Service Program.

These programs help employers attract new talent, while saving initial wage and training costs. Best of all, young practitioners and students will be able to kickstart their career journey and gain meaningful work experience.

Thanks to our funding partners, we have several programs available. Each program has unique eligibility requirements for employers and job candidates.

Whether you are new to this program or if you have previously participated in one of these programs, fill out the form to get started.

To date we have distributed over $90M in wage and training subsidies and helped to fill 14,000 job placements!

Environmental Employability Pathways (EEP)

The Environmental Employability Pathway program is an employment readiness program which aims to help all youth (age 15 to 30) to navigate through the labour market and to successfully transition into sustained employment.

Small and medium sized businesses can receive up to $15,000 in wage funding for their next hire.

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Features

Digital Skills For Youth (DS4Y)

Student Work Placement (Co-op)

Youth in Natural Resources (YNR)

Science Horizons Youth Internship (SHI)

Skill Focus

Digital Skill Development
STEAM & Business
Natural Resources
STEM

Funding

80% of wages up to $18k & training
50% of wages up to $5k
80% of wages up to$18k & training
80% of wages up to $18k & training

Work Term

Minimum 3 Months
Full or Part-Time
6-16 Weeks
Full or Part-Time
Up to 12 Months
Full-Time
6-12 Months
Full-Time

Eligible Candidates

Age 15-30

Post-secondary grad or high school student (territories only)
No age restriction

Must be a current post-secondary student
Age 30 or younger

Education level determined by employer
Age 30 or younger

Post-secondary graduate

Candidate Residency Requirement

Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or Canadian refugee status
Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or Canadian refugee status
Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or Canadian refugee status
Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or Canadian refugee status

Eligible Businesses

Small businesses (< 500 staff),
Canadian-owned or Canadian subsidiary
Canadian-owned or Canadian subsidiary (excludes municipalities, governments & post-secondary institutions)
Canadian-owned or Canadian subsidiary, municipal or provincial government department​
Canadian-owned or Canadian subsidiary, municipal or provincial government department

Additional Funding Available

No additional funding available
For underrepresented groups
For underrepresented groups
For wrap-around services
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Thanks to our funders for making these programs possible: