Subsidy to hire intern in the natural resources sector linked to the green economy

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About the Program

Get up to $25,000 per intern hired in roles in the natural resources sectors, including the fields of energy, forestry, and minerals and metals as well as earth sciences (or up to $32,000 for youth hired who are furthest from employment).
The Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs covers the cost of a new hire’s salary by 80% to a maximum of $25,000/yr or $32,000/yr for youth furthest from employment. Furthest from employment is defined as:

  • Indigenous youth;
  • youth with disabilities;
  • placements in the North (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut);
  • rural communities (a population of fewer than 5,000 people and a population density of fewer than 400 people per square kilometre); and
  • remote communities (a permanent or long-term (5 years or more) settlement with at least ten dwellings that does not have year-round road access)

These funds help employers hire the talent they need and help youth initiate a career. Employers can bring on an eager, young worker for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to their company.

Natural Resources include the fields of energy, forestry, and minerals and metals as well as earth sciences.


To qualify as a natural resource job related to the green economy, the position needs to fall in one of the two categories:

  1. Jobs that require environmental skills, knowledge, experience or competencies in order to produce products or services that have an environmental benefit. Examples include:
    • Architects and land use planners who incorporate sustainability into designs, air quality engineers, and conservation officers.
  2. Jobs that may not require specialized environmental skills but result in an environmental benefit.

Participant must be:

  • new (not yet employed) to the organization applying for funding;
  • under the age of 31;
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred and legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations; and
  • not currently a student.

The placement must:

  • be in the natural resources sector (does not have to be a STEM position);
  • be a full-time work opportunity for a minimum of three months (note: priority will be given to placements six months or longer);
  • offer a safe, respectful, inclusive work environment free of harassment, abuse, and discrimination and in compliance with all applicable laws;
  • not be funded by another federally-funded program like IRAP, Mitacs, etc.;
  • see the participant added to the employer’s payroll which includes Federal/Provincial tax deductions (CPP, EI, etc.); and
  • meet one of the following additional requirements:
    • Offers skills development and training opportunities.
    • Relates to the interests and pursuits of youth.
    • Pays a salary above the minimum wage.
    • Provides opportunities for advancement.

Participants must be approved for program participation prior to starting the placement. This process can take up to five (5) business days.

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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