Employers can hire an intern for 6-12 months in a green full-time job within a natural resource sector, and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) will contribute up to 50% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $15,000.
Natural resource sectors – such as the mining, materials, energy and forestry sectors – pertain to the management and production of renewable and non-renewable natural resources.
Who can participate?
Eligible employers must have an established payroll system, 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
Positions that qualify for a subsidy are:
- 6-12 months in duration (minimum of 30 hrs per week)
- Meaningful work experiences in the natural resource sectors
- In a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field
- Related to processes with positive environmental outcomes or aiming to protect the environment
Qualified interns are:
- Post-secondary graduates
- No more than 30 years of age 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
- Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
- Available to work for at least six months
*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.