Career launcher Funds for sustainable development

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About the program

Hire interns for up to 6 months to help you advance meaningful Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and receive up to $10,000 towards their salary.

Support Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) effort! Create an SDG ambassador in your community by hiring students, recent grads, and youth disproportionally affected by COVID-19 for impactful work experience. You can get up to $10,000 towards their salary expenses.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of 17 SDGs with a commitment to leave no one behind. Along with 192 United Nations Member States, Canada adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Youth in Canada can help you and your team advance meaningful SDG-aligned initiatives while they gain critical skills for the 21st century to build a better future.

Application selection process
Here is what to expect when submitting your application:

  • Once the applications window is closed, the Career Launcher team will review all applications.
  • Employers will be notified of their application status approximately two weeks after the closing of the application.
  • Employers whose applications will be pre-approved for funding will have approximately six weeks to complete the remainder of the application process, including recruitment if required.

Internships will be selected for pre-approval based on:

  • Alignment with the YESS objectives which support the needs of all youth, especially youth facing barriers to develop skills, knowledge and networks through education, skills development and meaningful work experiences.
  • Creation of an employment opportunity for youth groups disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 as well as, visible minority youth, youth with disabilities and Indigenous youth.
  • Strength of the position and its alignment with the SDGs.

Who can apply

Eligible employers must demonstrate that they are committed to meaningfully responding to up to three or more Canadian SDG ambitions identified in the 2030 National Strategy. They must also demonstrate their commitment to helping youth transition into the labour force and help them secure employment at the end of the internship.

Employers must have an established payroll system, be set up to receive payments by direct deposit, have a process for supervising and mentoring interns, and be a Canadian company or subsidiary in one of the following categories:

  • Post-secondary education institution
  • Indigenous organization or association
  • Small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME), less than 500 employees
  • Large corporation, more than 500 employees
  • Non-government organization (NGO)
  • Not-for-profit organization
  • Municipal or local government
  • Provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown corporation

How to apply

Give your application the best chance at approval. AKR Consulting has an 99% approval rating across all Canadian funding programs.

For any inquiry, please call: AKR Consulting Canada at 905-678-6368


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