ECO Canada's Internship Program received $8.9 million from the Department of Natural Resources. The money, which provides up to 50% in salary for environmental jobs in natural resource sectors, is expected to result in fulfilling or creating 650 jobs.
"Canadian youth have the talent and drive to succeed in the labour market", said Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. "To help them make the transition from school to work and get a strong start in their careers, the Government of Canada continues to invest in the Youth Employment Strategy, a government-wide initiative to help support Canada's newest workers."
Funded through Natural Resources Canada's Green Jobs – Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP), eligible employers who work in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) can receive up to $15,000 to onboard new environmental positions.
"This program really helps new grads break into that first job and makes them a compelling candidate because their position can be subsidized. At the same time, employers can grow the capacity of their teams where they may not be able to otherwise" explained Jennifer Neuman, Senior Program Manager.
Eligible interns must intend to lead an environmental career related to STEM, be 30 years of age or younger and be eligible to work in Canada. Eligible employers in the natural resources industry must offer a fulltime, permanent position, provide an environment-related position in STEM, and plan to hire a new employee.
This program is available to participants across Canada. For more information or to get started with an application, visit http://www.eco.ca/employers/internship-program.