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Wage subsidies will be available for Summer 2018 and Summer 2019 for Canadian municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations to hire Youth for Green Jobs.

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) in agreement with the Government of Canada is administering elements of the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative. 

On behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), CPRA will administer wage subsidies (up to 50%) to support the creation of 1,000 new green jobs for youth in the summers of 2018 and 2019 (500 per year). The maximum wage subsidy offered through this program will be $5,712.00 for each youth/job. The provided wage subsidy must be matched by the employer. Matching funds cannot come from other federal government funding programs. Work terms supported by this Program can be between 4-16 weeks in duration.

In this context, the following definitions apply:

  • A job is considered “New” if the job has been created for the 2018 summer work term and is not a continuation of a current position
  • A “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 who are 15-30 years of age, and are returning to school after the work term

This job creation Program is an open competition, and there will be two opportunities for municipalities and other sector partners to submit their applications.

First application deadline:  February 26, 2018

Second application deadline:  March 12, 2018


For more information about the Program, please visit