Who is eligible for the program?


Canadian local governments, 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
  • Community Centres

Only one application per eligible organization is allowed.


Eligible youth who will be engaged in this program must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age when employment begins (inclusive)
  • A Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the┬áImmigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

* Youth who have previously been hired through the YESS program are eligible to be re-hired by a participating organization as long as the individual is hired into a new position or in a position that is a progression from a position that the youth previously held.

Funding for this program is provided by Parks Canada as part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS). As such, CPRA will prioritize funding for organizations who commit to hiring youth who face barriers to employment including but not limited to the following groups:

  • Indigenous youth
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Visible minority youth and racialized youth
  • Youth living in rural or remote regions (population below 25000)
  • Official language minority communities and populations
  • Immigrant youth
  • Youth who have not completed high school
  • Involuntary NEET (Not in Education, Employment, Training) for at least 6 months

Conditions of Funding

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  • Confirm their use of funding within five (5) working days of the date of offer or the offer will be withdrawn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 same positions
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