Green Jobs Program

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:

  1. Positions that require environmental skills, knowledge, experience or competencies in order to produce products or services that have an environmental benefit
  2. 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:

  1. Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of green electrical power.
  2. Sector support including renewables such as: R&D, energy efficiency.
  3. 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

Youth Eligibility

Youth workers must:

  1. Be a youth between the ages of 15 to 30 years of age as of the start date of their placement.
  2. Be a Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons with refugee protection in Canada.
  3. Be legally able to work in Canada according to relevant laws and regulations of the province or territory of residence.
  4. Not currently be enrolled as a full-time student in a post secondary institutions.

Participant Information Form

Terms and Conditions

  1. The wages for this position must not be funded by another federally-funded program.
  2. For placements, the company must provide a full-time work opportunity for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months, ending by March 31, 2020.
  3. The wage subsidy covers the cost of a youth’s salary up to 50% to a maximum of $15,000 for all youth and an increased maximum of $20,000 for youth in rural and remote communities.
  4. The company must provide a minimum of $1 for each $1 of wage subsidy.
  5. For training, companies or youth may apply for 100% of the costs associated with training that align with better employment prospects in the green economy to a maximum of $15,000 (or $20,000 for youth from rural and remote communities).
  6. A combination of wage subsidy and training can be combined to a total maximum EHRC contribution of $15,000 per youth in the program (or $20,000 for youth from rural and remote communities).
  7. The company must not recruit and retain friends or family members without a nepotism policy in place.
  8. The company must reference the participant information form to inform potential participants what their involvement in the Green Jobs Program will entail.
  9. The company must provide proof of employment, start date, contract with participant, full wage and benefits of participant to EHRC upon request.
  10. The company must provide information about the placement to EHRC upon request
  11. The company must develop a Formal Learning Plan with the participant, before the start of the placement
  12. The company must provide EHRC with monthly financial claims and progress reports.

NRCan’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC) definitions are:

  • “Rural” is defined as a community with a population of fewer than 5,000 people and a population density of fewer than 400 people per square kilometre and not connected to the North American piped natural gas network.
  • “Remote community” refers to a community not currently connected to the North American electrical grid nor to the piped natural gas network, and which is a permanent or long-term (5 years or more) settlement with at least 10 dwellings.

Funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program.