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Green Jobs Initiative

Wage Subsidies to Canada Agencies, Indigenous Communities, and Sector
Organizations that Employ Youth in Green Career-Related Activities

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Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA)

Deadline Date:

02/22/19 - for Summer 2019 Jobs


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Wage subsidies of up to $5,712 per youth to Canada nonprofits, municipalities, Indigenous communities, and other organizations that offer green jobs to local youth. Funding is intended to include high school and post-high school youth in a variety of settings, including rural, remote, urban, and Indigenous communities. Efforts will also be taken to ensure that the program reaches youth at risk, youth with disabilities, visible and language minorities, new Canadians, and Indigenous youth.

The Program will provide direct financial support in the form of wage subsidies to eligible organizations. The goals of the Green Jobs Initiative are to:
- Create meaningful job experiences for youth
- Build a generation of youth that will value nature close to home and potentially pursue an opportunity to build a career in the green job sector
- Generate much needed support to municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations to hire additional youth to advance their green priorities.

Applications must focus on the development of new green jobs for youth. In this context, the following definitions should be adhered to:
- A job is considered ‘New’ if the position has been created for the Summer 2019 work term and is not a continuation of a current position.
- "Green Job" is a broad interpretation including (but not limited to) park horticulture and landscaping, parks operations, parks planning, parks technicians, biodiversity, outdoor play/park facilitators, parks ambassadors or interpreters.
- "Youth" is defined as those being 15-30 years of age. Youth must have been registered as full time students in the previous academic year, and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in Fall 2019.

The following expenditures are eligible for funding and included in the wage subsidy:
- Salary support
- Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) – Employers are required by law to pay the MERCs for their employees. These costs include Employment Insurance premiums, Canada or Quebec Pension Plan contributions, vacation pay, Workers’ Compensation premiums or equivalent liability insurance (if applicable), health insurance and parental insurance premiums in Quebec and Ontario, the Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Health and Education Levy in Manitoba.
- Additional support may be available on a case by case basis for disability support, dependent support (ex. childcare), and transportation accommodations (more than 150 km from residence to job location).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184125

Number of Grants:

Approximate distribution of jobs will be as follows: 600 jobs in Summer 2018; 100 jobs in Fall 2018/Winter 2019; 500 jobs in Summer 2019.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum wage subsidy offered through this program is $5,712.00 for each youth/job.

Term of Contract:

The present application process is for Summer 2019 jobs. The first eligible date of work is April 1, 2019. The last eligible date of work is August 30, 2019.

Work terms can be variable, lasting between 4-16 weeks in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Canadian municipalities, Indigenous communities, and other sector organizations are eligible to apply to this program.

Other sector organizations include:
- Not for Profit Environment Organizations
- Environmental Science Centers
- Conservation Organizations
- Museums
- Education Institutions
- Community NGOs
- Provincial NGOs
- Park Authorities
- Villages/Towns
- Youth Agencies
- Regional Districts

Successful candidates must:
- Confirm their use of funding within five (5) working days of the date of offer or the offer will be withdrawn
- Confirm that they have not already received any federal funding to support the jobs described in their application
- Confirm that hired youth will be between the ages of 15-30 and will be returning to school after the work term
- Confirm that all positions included in the application will be new.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CPRA held webinars in both English and French to assist organizations interested in applying to the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative. This session walks interested organizations through the application process, focuses on key information and important dates.

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View the French recording:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for Summer 2019 jobs is Friday, February 22, 2019.

Summer 2018 jobs (600 jobs): closed
Fall 2018/Winter 2019 jobs (100 jobs): closed
Summer 2019 jobs (500 jobs): Friday, February 22, 2019

While employers are welcome to set their own wages, the Program contribution must be matched by the employer. Matching funds cannot be from another federal government funding program.

CPRA encourages applicants to submit proposals in English or French and commits to ensuring high quality review of applications submitted in either official language.

Only one application per organization is allowed, however each application may include requests for multiple summer green jobs. CPRA reserves the right to fund fewer jobs than the number requested based on budget constraints.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

All questions on how to apply should be directed to your Regional Project Managers:

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
1180 Walkley Road
PO Box 83069
Ottawa, ON, K1V 2M5
Tel: (613) 523-5315

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