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.

What is a Green Job?

For the purposes of this program, a green job is a STEM 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.
  2. Positions that may not require specialized environmental skills but result in an environmental benefit.

Placements, Subsidies and Training

EHRC provides 80% 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, rural and remote communities and youth furthest from employment, EHRC provides a 80% wage subsidy to a maximum of $20,000. Placements must be a minimum of six 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, 2020 to $15,000 (or $20,000 for youth from rural and remote communities, Indigenous identity, or persons with disabilities).

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).

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.

Program Waitlist

The Green Jobs Program is currently at capacity, but may be able to accommodate future placements. If you’d like to be the first to know, please contact Program Manager Nicole Wilson with your expression of interest.

Eligibility Requirements

Employer Eligibility

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.

Employer organizations must be classified as one of the following:

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

Youth Eligibility

Youth workers must:

  • Be between the ages of 15 to 30 years as of the start of the placement.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons 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.

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, 2021.
  3. The wage subsidy covers the cost of a youth’s salary up to 80% 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 participant’s wage must be matched to a minimum of $1 by the company for each $1 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 $15,000 (or $20,000 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 $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.

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