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 Green Jobs Initiative are to:
The Green Jobs Initiative is expected to reach both high school and post-secondary school youth that reside in various settings; rural; remote; urban; and Indigenous 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.
Full details will be released by the end of April, 2021