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 1,200 wage subsidies in Canadian municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations.

Approximate distribution of jobs will be as follows:

  • 600 jobs in Summer 2018
  • 100 jobs in Fall 2018/Winter 2019
  • 500 jobs in Summer 2019

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

  • A job is considered “New” if the position has been created for the Fall 2018/Winter 2019 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. Youth must have been registered as full time students in the previous academic year, and intend to return to school on a full time basis in Fall 2019.

+ What are the goals of the Initiative?

The goals of the 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

Recipients of 2018 Summer Jobs funding are eligible to apply to this Program again for Fall 2018/Winter 2019 and Summer 2019 funding.

+ How many jobs will be created?

The CPRA portion of the project will provide youth green job wage subsidies for up to 1200 youth in Canadian municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations.

Approximate distribution of jobs will be as follows:

  • 600 jobs in Summer 2018
  • 100 jobs in Fall 2018/Winter 2019
  • 500 jobs in Summer 2019

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

+ How do I apply to this program?

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?

This is an open competition and there will be several opportunities to submit an application for Green Jobs support.

Summer 2018 Jobs (600)
Applications Due                                                                                  CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Fall 2018 / Winter 2019 Jobs (100)
Applications due                                                                                   CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Summer 2019 Jobs (500)
Applications Due                                                                                   TBD – Winter 2018/19

+ How do I submit my application?

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

For those who are unable to complete the application online, a fillable PDF form can be requested by contacting your Regional Project Manager

The application deadline for Summer 2019 jobs will be announced soon.

+ How much funding is available?

  • CPRA will administer wage subsidies (up to 50%) to support the creation of 1,200 Green Jobs for youth.
  • 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 (MERCs).
  • 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. Work terms for Fall 2018/Winter 2019 placements must end no later than March 31, 2019.

+ 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.

If unsuccessful in one call for funding, eligible organizations can reapply to the next round.

+ 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?

Successful applicants for Fall 2018/Winter 2019 work terms will be notified by August 31, 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 prior to the funds being released. Failure to submit the final report will render the organization ineligible for future funding through the CPRA’s 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 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

+ 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.