Discovering Potential Program

Youth Internship and Training Program

Discovering Potential Youth Internship and Training Program supports companies providing youth with green work experience via internships and on-the-job training. This includes positions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) or relating to the environment and natural resources.

Work experience should meet one of the following criteria:

The position requires environmental skills, knowledge, experience, or competencies in order to produce environmentally beneficial products or services. Examples of positions that fall into this category would be land use planning or air quality engineers.
The position may not require specialized environmental skills, but still results in an environmental benefit. Examples of positions that fall into this category would be trades or manufacturing jobs related to renewable energy.

Discovering Potential can subsidize an internship, a training opportunity, or a combination of both, up to maximum of $25,000 per participant. Additional funding may also be available for opportunities that support youth furthest from employment (please see definition below).

Internship Opportunities

The objective of internship opportunities is to support employers providing youth participants with meaningful employment placements that help them attain career skills and experience.

EHRC provides wage subsidies to employers providing work placements for participants between the ages of 15 and 30. Employers may be eligible for a subsidy of up to 80% of a participant’s wages, to a maximum of $25,000 per participant. Participants furthest from employment may be eligible for additional funding, pending evaluation. Please contact for additional information.

Training Opportunities

Jobs in the electricity sector often require specialized skills and knowledge. Training opportunities support the success of young workers and youth facing barriers to employment. The training opportunities funded by this program can be versatile in application and impact. For example, Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia leveraged the subsidy to deliver innovative and career-focused training for the green economy.
Other examples of eligible training opportunities include, but are not limited, to:

  • A career centre or training hall offering a series of workplace skills sessions in coordination with local employers, working directly with youth participants to improve their employability.
  • A training or educational organization runs a pre-entry or post-graduation skills program to empower youth facing barriers to explore careers in electricity.

Training providers may be eligible for a subsidy of up to 100% of the training costs to a maximum of $25,000 per participant. Additional funding may be available if the training supports youth furthest from employment, pending evaluation. Please contact for additional information.

Placement Requirements

All placements must meet the following criteria and conditions:

  • The placement must be completed by February 28, 2023.
  • The placement must not be funded by any other federally funded program.
  • For internship placements, the employer must not recruit or retain friends or family members without a nepotism policy in place.
  • The employer or training organization must refer to the youth eligibility criteria when selecting a candidate for their placement opportunity. They should inform all potential candidates what their involvement with Discovering Potential will entail.
  • The employer or training organization must ensure that their selected participant completes all program-related paperwork in a timely manner, including:
    • Employer/Training Organization Eligibility Form and Participant Eligibility Form
    • A signed contract
    • A Learning Plan
    • Employer/Training Organization Evaluation Questionnaire
    • Participant Reflection Questionnaire
  • The employer or training organization must provide information about the placement to EHRC upon request, including but not limited to proof of employment or training, start date and end dates, full wage or training fee costs and benefit breakdowns, and general progress updates throughout the duration of the placement.
  • If there are any changes to a participant’s ability to complete the internship or training opportunity, the employer or training organization must notify EHRC immediately.

Eligibility Requirements

Placement Organization

The placement organization (either an employer or training provider) must operate in one or more of the following areas:

  • Clean Energy Technology
  • Carbon and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Renewables/Green Energy
  • Energy Efficiency, fuel switching, and green building
  • Transmission, smart grid, energy storage
  • Sustainable development of non-renewable resources
  • Resource Conservation
  • Environmental Protection
  • Sustainable Planning/Urban Design
  • Alternative/Sustainable Transportation
  • Green Manufacturing
  • Green Services
  • Green Retail
  • Other sectors in the environmental economy

The placement organization must also be classified as one of the following:

  • Academic organization
  • Indigenous organization
  • Not-for-profit organization
  • Industry
  • Municipal, provincial or territorial government
  • Utility

Youth Participant

To be eligible, the youth participant must:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislations and regulations
  • Not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
  • Not currently enrolled in full-time post secondary studies
  • Currently un- or under-employed

Process Overview

Employer/Training Organization Process:

  1. Review program eligibility requirements including placement eligibility, employer/training organization eligibility, and participant eligibility (outlined above)
  2. Submit an Employer/Training Organization Eligibility Form
  3. Ensure your selected youth candidate completes a Participant Eligibility Form
  4. Approval of application, which typically takes between 5 and 10 business days. Once approved, EHRC will issue a contract to all parties for signature.
  5. In conversation with your participant, create a Learning Plan. This document is designed to facilitate a conversation around placement goals and expectations.
  6. Set up direct deposit with EHRC. This is how your subsidy will be paid to you.
  7. Begin the program.
  8. Submit monthly claims for your subsidy amounts.
  9. Towards the end of your placement, complete the Employer/Training Organization Evaluation Questionnaire and ensure your participant completes the Participant Reflection Questionnaire.
  10. End of placement.

Youth Participant Process:

  1. Review participant and program eligibility requirements (outlined above).
  2. Inform your employer of their responsibilities under the program
  3. Complete a Participant Eligibility Form.
  4. Complete a Learning Plan with your placement supervisor.
  5. Begin the program.
  6. Towards the end of your placement, complete a Participant Reflection Questionnaire to tell us how the placement went.
  7. End of placement.


Youth Furthest from Employment

For the purposes of this program, this term includes:

  • Placement opportunities for Indigenous youth
  • Placement opportunities for youth with disabilities
  • Placement opportunities that take place in the North, Rural communities, and remote communities.
    • The North: includes the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut
    • Rural communities: a population of fewer than 5,000 people and a population density of fewer than 400 people per square kilometer.
    • Remote communities: permanent or long-term (5 years or more) settlement with at least 10 dwellings that does not have year-round road access.

Funding Acknowledgement

Discovering Potential is funded through Natural Resources Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Employment and Social Development Canada.