Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Launches Green Job Annual Report

Ottawa, June 18, 2019 -- The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is pleased to release the 2018-19 Annual Report for the Green Jobs Initiative.  The Report provides a review of the outcomes and experiences of the Program during its first year of existence. 

In 2018, CPRA secured funding from the Government of Canada to support  a two-year “green jobs” program for youth.  Officially entitled the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, CPRA’s Program provides direct financial support (via wage subsidies) to municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations, allowing them to offer new summer job positions that focus on green career-related activities. 

“We are thrilled to capture some of the impact and outcomes of the program to date in this Annual Report” said CPRA Executive Director Cathy Noble.

The Annual Report details the outcomes of the first year of funding (2018-19).  As detailed in the Report, the first year of the program saw: 678 new jobs created; $2.3 million invested in Canadian youth; and 283,871 person hours were spent making Canada a greener place to live.  Beyond the numbers, the Program created meaningful job experiences for youth; built a cadre of youth that will value nature and potentially pursue opportunities in the green job sector; and generated much needed support for municipalities and Indigenous communities to hire youth and advance their green priorities.

To view the Report, please visit:  https://greenjobsinitiative.ca 

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Contact information

Erin Love, National Green Jobs Coordinator

greenjobs@cpra.ca

About CPRA
The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is a national organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation as a major contributor to community health and vibrancy.  Membership includes the 13 provincial and territorial parks and recreation associations and their extensive networks of service providers in over 90% of Canadian communities.  See: https://www.cpra.ca