Program Information

Overview

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) has secured Government of Canada funding via Employment and Social Development Canada to support  a “green jobs” program for youth.  Officially entitled the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, the Program will provide 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. 

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

The Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative is expected to reach both high school and post-secondary school youth that reside in various settings; rural; remote; urban; and Indigenious communities.  Of note, efforts will also be taken to ensure the Program reaches youth at risk, youth with disabilities, visible and language minorities, new Canadians and Indigenous youth.

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+ Definitions

Applications must focus on the development of new green jobs for youth. 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 being 15-30 years of age. Youth must be returning to school at the end of the work term

+ Funding

On behalf of the Government of Canada, the CPRA will administer wage subsidies (up to 50%) to create 1,000 Green Jobs for youth in the summers of 2018 and 2019 (500 per year). The maximum wage subsidy offered through this program is $5,712.00 for each youth/job.

While employers are welcome to set their own wages, the Program contribution must be matched by the employer. Matching funds cannot be from another federal government funding program.

Work terms can be variable, lasting between 4-16 weeks in duration, but the youth must be returning to school at the end of the work term.

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.

+ Allowable Costs

Wage subsidies will be capped at $5,712.00 for each youth/job, a contribution that will be matched by the organization employer. The following expenditures are eligible for funding and included in this amount:

  1. Salary support
  2. Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) – Employers are required by law to pay the MERCs for their employees. These costs include Employment Insurance premiums, Canada or Quebec Pension Plan contributions, vacation pay, Workers’ Compensation premiums or equivalent liability insurance (if applicable), health insurance and parental insurance premiums in Quebec and Ontario, the Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Health and Education Levy in Manitoba.

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).

Note that it is strictly prohibited for salaries to be matched with any other federal government funding.

+ Important Dates

This is an open competition and there will be two opportunities to submit an application.

First Application Deadline                                                                February 26, 2018
First Notice of Decision                                                                   March 5, 2018
*Applications for up to 300 jobs will be approved in the first round

Second Application Deadline                                                           March 12, 2018
Second Notice of Decision                                                              March 26, 2018
*All remaining program funding to be awarded after this round

+ Elligibility

To be eligible:

  • Canadian municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations are eligible to apply to this Program.
    Other sector organizations include:

    • 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
  • Only one application per eligible organization is allowed but applications may include requests for multiple jobs

Note: Applicants who are unsuccessful in the first round may re-submit their application to the second round.

+ How To Apply

Eligible organizations will submit their applications to the SWE Green Jobs Initiative online at https://www.cpra.ca/application-form/

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

Note that there are two (2) application deadlines:
First Application Deadline:                                                                   February 26, 2018
Second Application Deadline:                                                              March 12, 2018

For assistance with completing your application, please visit our FAQ page.

All questions on how to apply should be directed to the Regional Project Managers

+ Official Languages

CPRA encourages applicants to submit proposals in English or French and commits to ensuring high quality review of applications submitted in either official language.

+ Conditions of Funding

The present application process is solely for the 2018 Program. As such, funding will not be automatically renewed for summer 2019 jobs. A call for applications will be launched in the fall of 2018 for the 2019 program.

Successful candidates must:

  • Confirm their use of funding within five (5) working days of the date of offer or the offer will be withdrawn
  • Confirm that they have not already received any federal funding to support the jobs described in their application
  • 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

+ Reporting

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 program report will render the organization ineligible for future funding through the CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative.

+ Communication Requirements

Successful applicants must acknowledge the CPRA and the Government of Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada) financial support in any communications.

+ Review Process

The CPRA will assemble a Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative Adjudication Team to adjudicate the applications.

+ Evaluation Criteria

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, disabled youth, 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, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations 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

+ Funding Decision

All applicants (both first and second round) will be notified by CPRA of their funding decision. Successful applicants in the first round will be notified by March 5, 2018. Successful applicants in the second round will be notified by March 26, 2018.

+ Partners

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. CPRA collaborates with a host of other national organizations operating in the recreation, physical activity, environmental, facilities, sport, public health, crime prevention and social services arenas. Over the course of its 60-year history, CPRA has become a credible and strong national leader in our sector. In addition to our advocacy on the benefits of parks and recreation, we provide our members with the information, resources and the professional development they can use to make a difference in their own community. Through broad-based community involvement, we find solutions to social challenges, influence policy direction and generate momentum towards community quality of life.

Government of Canada

This CPRA effort is part of the overall Government of Canada commitment (as led by Employment and Social Development Canada) outlined in the 2017 Federal Budget that committed to creating 15,000 new ‘green’ jobs for young Canadians. Funding for this program is provided by Employment and Social Development Canada.