Natural Resources Internships

Hire an intern for up to 8 months in a green job within a natural resources sector, and CICan will contribute up to 75% of the intern’s salary and funding for training expenses, to a maximum of $22,500.

Don’t wait! An intern will bring new talent to your team, and you will allow them to gain meaningful work experience that produce products or services that have an environmental benefit.

CICan will offer up to $30,000 to employers who hire youth in Northern, rural and remote communities or Indigenous youth. The subsidy can cover intern training and up to 75% of their salary. Want to get involved? Contact our team for more information.

New Program Update

All subsidies for this year’s Natural Resources Internships program have been fully allocated.

We want to thank everyone for applying and for making the program a success!
We hope to renew the program in the summer of 2021.
Stay tuned in 2021!

Funded by Natural Resources Canada

Who can participate?

Eligible employers must have an established payroll system and be set up to receive payments by direct deposit, a process for supervising and mentoring interns, and be a Canadian company or subsidiary in one of the following categories:

  • Post-secondary education institution
  • Indigenous organization or association
  • Small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME), less than 500 employees
  • Large corporation, more than 500 employees
  • Non-government organization (NGO)
  • Not-for-profit organization
  • Municipal or local government
  • Provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown corporation

The subsidy cannot be used for:

  • Currently filled positions
  • To replace an employee who is on leave
  • For a current employee moving to a new position

Full-time positions that are: 

  • 6-8 months in duration and ending before March 31, 2021
  • A minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Meaningful work experience within a natural resource sector* that produce products or services that have an environmental benefit
  • In a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field or trades position

*Natural resources sectors include: Earth Sciences, Energy (including clean energy), Forestry, and Mining

Examples of jobs that qualify

  • field technician forestry
  • land use planner who incorporates sustainability into designs
  • construction or trades worker that applies knowledge of standard construction techniques while completing green projects
  • air quality engineer
  • conservation officer
  • manufacturing production worker at a company that produce environmental goods

Qualified interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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