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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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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 $144M in wage and training subsidies and helped to fill 14,000 job placements!

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Apprenticeship Service
Program: Closed

The Apprenticeship Services Program is designed to make it easier for small to medium enterprises to hire first-year Red Seal trade apprentices.

Employers can receive $5,000 When Hiring a First-Year Apprentice; or $10,000 When Hiring a Self-Identified Equity Deserving First-Year Apprentice.

Youth in Natural Resources: Open

The Youth in Natural Resources program helps train and fund youth (aged 15 to 30) looking to transition into or gain experience within the natural resources field.

Eligible employers can receive 75% of the candidate’s wages covered up to a maximum of $18,000 for placements of up to 12 months.

Student Work Placement
(Co-op): Open

ECO Canada's Co-op program partners with post-secondary institutions and aims to help students find work placements within their field of study.

Eligible employers can receive 50% wage coverage up to $5,000 of a student’s salary for a placement in a new full or part-time 6 to 16 week position with a minimum of 180 hours.

Environmental Jobs Growth Program: Open

The Environmental Jobs Growth Program helps employers grow, develop and diversify their environmental talent. The program welcomes any job seeker looking to enter or advance their careers in the clean economy.

Eligible employers can receive up to $18,750 of a candidate's salary for placement in a new or vacant full or part-time 6 to 12-month position.

Environmental Employability Pathways: Open

The Environmental Employability Pathways program aims to help all youth (age 15 to 30) navigate the labour market and help them find a permanent position.

Eligible small and medium-sized businesses receive 50% wage coverage up to $12,000 of a participant’s salary for a placement in a new full or part-time position.

Science Horizons Youth Internship: Open

The Science Horizons Program provides training and funding for young professionals with post-secondary education transition or gain experience in the environmental sector, focusing mainly on STEM.

Eligible employers can receive up to 80% wage coverage up to $25,000 of a candidate’s salary for placement in a new full-time 6 to 12 month position.

Environmental Foreign Talent Development Program: Waitlist

The Environmental Foreign Talent Development Program is meant to help newcomers to Canada find work that matches their experience from abroad.

Eligible employers can receive 75% wage coverage up to $15,000 of a participant’s salary for full-time placements of 3 to 6 months.

Nature-Based Climate Solutions Program: Closed

The Nature-Based Climate Solutions program provides training and funding for workers moving into roles in habitat restoration, watershed restoration, well reclamation and regenerative agriculture.

Eligible employers can receive $4,500 wage subsidy for a 3-month placement full-time or part-time placement.

Digital Skills For Youth: Open

The Digital Skills for Youth program provides training for young professionals with post-secondary education who want to gain experience or join the environmental digital skills sector.

Eligible employers of small to medium-sized businesses (< 500 staff) can receive 80% wage coverage up to $18,000 for a minimum 3 to 12 month full-time or part-time placement.
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