Frequently Asked Questions

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+ What is the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative and what jobs are supported by this program?

The Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative is a program supported by the Government of Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada) that aims to create new green jobs for youth via wage subsidies. The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is responsible for administering 1,000 wage subsidies in the summers of 2018 and 2019 (500 per year) in Canadian municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations.

In this context, the following definitions should be adhered to:

  • A job is considered “New” if the position has been created for the 2018 summer 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 who are 15-30 years of age, and are returning to school after the work term

+ What are the goals of the Initiative?

The goals of the Summer Work Experience 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

+ Who can apply for funding through this Program?

The CPRA encourages all Canadian municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations to apply for funding through the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative.

Other sector organizations are defined as:

  • 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

+ How many jobs will be created?

The CPRA portion of the project will provide youth green job wage subsidies for up to 1000 youth in Canadian municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations in the summers of 2018 and 2019 (500 per year).

CPRA will work to ensure the distribution of subsidies across all regions of Canada.

+ How do I apply for support for Green Jobs?

Eligible organizations can apply directly to the CPRA to request wage subsidies for new green jobs for youth within their organizations. The online application can be accessed directly here.

+ When are applications due?

CPRA understands the urgency for organizations to begin hiring for 2018 summer positions. As such, there will be two calls for applications. Deadlines are as follows:

  • First Round of Applications: Due                                                            February 26, 2018
  • Second Round of Applications: Due                                                       March 12, 2018

Note: Applications for up to 300 jobs will be approved in the first round. All remaining program funding will be awarded during the second round of applications. Please see Important Dates for more information.

+ How do I submit my application?

Eligible organizations will submit their applications to the SWE Green Jobs Initiative online here.

For those who are unable to complete the application online, a fillable PDF form can be requested by contacting greenjobs@cpra.ca

+ How much funding is available?

  • CPRA will administer wage subsidies (up to 50%) to support the creation of 1,000 Green Jobs for youth in the summers of 2018 and 2019
  • The maximum wage subsidy offered through this program is $5,712.00 for each youth/job. This amount is inclusive of both salary and mandatory employment related costs (MERC).
  • While employers are welcome to set their own wages, the program contribution must be matched by the employer
  • Additional support may be available on a case by case basis for disability support, dependent support (ex. childcare), and transportation accommodations (more than 150km from residence to job location).
  • Work terms can be variable, lasting between 4-16 weeks in duration

+ How much funding can my organization request?

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.

+ Who will review my application?

Applications will be reviewed by the CPRA Green Jobs Initiative Adjudication Team.

+ What if I don’t get approved for funding?

The Adjudication Team will respond to all applicants. Unsuccessful applicants from the First Round can re-apply to the Second Round.

If unsuccessful in 2018, eligible organizations can reapply for the 2019 program.

+ When can I apply to the 2019 Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative?”

The 2019 Program will be announced in the fall of 2018. Applications will be accepted at that time.

+ When will I find out if my application has been approved?

Notices of decision will be sent to applicants in the First Round of Applications by March 5, 2018. Notices of decision will be sent to applicants in the Second Round of Applications by March 26, 2018.

+ If I am successful, what are my reporting requirements?

Per Government of Canada requirements, successful applicants will be required to complete a final program report. This will include a report from the employer and from each youth employee supported by the Program. Details regarding this report will be communicated to the recipients when the funds are released. Failure to submit the final report will render the organization ineligible for future funding through the CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative.

+ What are the Evaluation Criteria?

If an applicant successfully meets the eligibility criteria, their application will be reviewed by the CPRA Green Jobs Initiative Adjudication Team. The priority areas for adjudication are:

  • Demonstration that the applicant has the necessary funding to support this 50/50 financial partnership
  • Demonstration that efforts will be taken to reach youth at risk, youth with disabilities, visible and language minorities, new Canadians and Indigenous youth
  • Demonstration that the jobs to be created align with the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative goals 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 to hire additional youth to advance their green priorities

Additionally, applicants must:

  • Confirm that they have not already received any federal funding to support the jobs described in their application
  • Confirm that they will comply with reporting and follow-up evaluation requirements
  • 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 for the 2018 summer

+ What if I need help with my application?

If you require assistance with the application process, please connect with your Regional Project Manager

+ Where do I find more information on the Green Jobs Initiative?

Please see the Program Information for more details.