Green Jobs Program

Electricity Human Resources Canada’s (EHRC) Green Jobs Program supports companies providing youth with green work experience (via internships and on-the-job training) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions, or positions relating to the environment and natural resources.

What is a Green Job?

For the purposes of this program, a green job is a job linked to the green economy in one of two ways:

  1. Positions that require environmental skills, knowledge, experience or competencies in order to produce environmentally beneficial products or services (e.g. land use planning, air quality engineers).
  2. Positions that may not require specialized environmental skills but result in an environmental benefit (e.g. trades or manufacturing related to renewable energy).

Placements, Subsidies and Training

EHRC provides 75% wage subsidies to a maximum of $22,500 for employers hiring youth between the ages of 15 and 30. For those employers with placements in northern, rural and remote communities and youth furthest from employment, EHRC provides a 75% wage subsidy to a maximum of $30,000. Placements must be a minimum of four months and ending by March 31, 2021.

EHRC also provides funding for training to youth furthest from employment (un- and under-employed) reimbursing 100% of training costs incurred before March 31, 2021 to $22,500 (or $30,000 for youth from rural and remote communities, Indigenous identity, or persons with disabilities).

Leveraging the Green Jobs Program

The Green Jobs Program is versatile in its applications and impact. Learn how Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia used the program to deliver innovative and career-focused training in the green economy.

Eligibility Requirements

Participant Eligibility

Youth participants must:

  • Be between the ages of 15 to 30 years as of the start of the placement.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with refugee protection in Canada.
  • Be legally able to work in Canada according to relevant laws and regulations of the province or territory of residence.
  • Not currently be enrolled as a full-time student in a post-secondary institution.
  • Currently un- or under-employed.

Employer Eligiblity

Employers must operate in one or more of the following areas:

  • Generation, transmission and distribution of green electrical power.
  • Sector support (including renewables) such as: R&D, energy efficiency.
  • Manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services for the generation of green energy.
  • Other sectors in the environmental economy, including conservation, planning or natural resources.

Employer organizations must be classified as one of the following:

  • Aboriginal
  • Academic
  • Not-for-Profit Organization
  • Industry
  • Municipal, Provincial or Territorial Government
  • Utility

Terms and Conditions

Employment is eligible if it meets the following criteria:

  1. The wages for this position must not be funded by another federally funded program.
  2. For placements, the company must provide a work opportunity for a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 12 months, ending by March 31, 2021.
  3. The wage subsidy covers the cost of a youth’s salary up to 75% to a maximum of $22,500 for all youth and an increased maximum of $30,000 for youth in rural and remote communities.
  4. The participant’s wage must be matched to a minimum of $0.25 by the company for each $0.75 of wage subsidy paid by EHRC.
  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 $22,500 (or $30,000 for youth from rural and remote communities, indigenous identity, or persons with disabilities).
  6. A combination of wage subsidy and training can be combined to a total maximum EHRC contribution of $22,500 per youth in the program (or $30,000 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.

Process Overview

Employers participating in the program will follow this process:

  1. Check eligibility requirements and terms & conditions (above)
  2. Complete the Employer Eligibility Assessment
  3. Have the participant complete the Participant Application Form
  4. Get approved (takes an average of 5-10 business days)
  5. Create a Learning Plan
  6. Set up direct deposit
  7. Begin program
  8. EHRC will email you when your monthly report and claim is due (this is the attached form)
  9. Send claims on a monthly basis
  10. Complete the Employer Reflection as the student’s placement contract nears completion.

Youth participating in the program will follow this process:

  1. Check eligibility requirements and terms & conditions
  2. Inform your employer of their responsibilities for the program
  3. Complete the Participant Application Form
  4. Create a Learning Plan
  5. Begin program
  6. As you finish your placement, complete a Learning Plan Reflection.

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, or, a fly-in community or community without year-round road access and which is a permanent or long-term (5 years or more) settlement with at least 10 dwellings.

The Green Jobs Program is funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program.