August 10, 2021Wage Subsidy Program Announcement Boosts Youth Participation in the Clean Economy

August 10, Ottawa, ON–Recently the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced $38.2 million dollars to help youth develop new skills through internship and professional development opportunities under ECCC’s Science Horizons Youth Internship program. Electricity Human Resources Canada is proud to be a delivery partner in this initiative supporting jobs for Canada’s youth.

This funding will provide internship and training opportunities for 84 recent graduates in STEM and/or natural resources and environmentally focused positions, and will see employers eligible for 80% of salary, up to a maximum of $25,000.

EHRC’s 2019 labour market intelligence study revealed that representation of workers under the age of 25 remains low (5% of the workforce compared to 14% for the Canadian labour market more broadly). This program provides a vital opportunity to contribute to the development of youth capacity across Canada to meet growing sector needs, keeping our economy strong and growing by supporting workforce development.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s clean economy leaders,” said Michelle Branigan, CEO of Electricity Human Resources Canada. “Programs like this are crucial for re-establishing quality employment opportunities for Canada’s youth, many of whom have been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a six to twelve-month long internship, youth are given the chance to develop their technical and professional knowledge, and to kick-start their careers with relevant, on-the-job experience in innovative and forward-thinking sectors that are responding to climate change.”

“By creating 1,297 internships in the environmental and clean technology sectors, we are helping young Canadians, who were among those hardest hit during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, find good jobs. As someone who used to work in the clean technology sector, I know how important these opportunities are to building a cleaner, healthier future for generations to come.” The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

For full organizational and participant eligibility requirements and additional program information, please see our Discovering Potential page here.

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