Youth in Natural Resources

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Matching Youth and Natural Resource Sector Employers

ECO Canada, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, provides wage funding for employers looking to onboard young professionals for full-time work placements and job training.

This program offers eligible employers salary coverage to create jobs within the natural resources sectors to protect the environment and have a positive environmental outcome. Natural resource sectors include: the Energy Sector, Forest Sector, Mining, Minerals & Metals Sector, and Earth Sciences & Support Sector.

For Employers

For employers, gain the opportunity to onboard young professionals and create meaningful environmental jobs within the natural resources sectors (Energy, Forestry, Mining Minerals & Metals, Earth Sciences) by removing limitations and challenges of hiring new professionals.

  • Receive 75% up to $20,000 in funding towards a candidate’s salary, or 75% up to $30,000 in funding towards a candidate’s salary who has self-identified as an equity deserving candidate.
  • The program is open to businesses of all sizes.
  • Employers must be Canadian-owned or a Canadian subsidiary, municipal government, provincial or territorial governments department, or Indigenous organizations.
  • Funding will cover full-time placements for work terms up to 12 months.

For Young Professionals

The Youth in Natural Resources Program provides training and funding for young professionals to help them transition into the workforce and gain experience in the natural resources sector. The program helps them build a network of peers and mentors.

  • This program is open to participants who are aged 15-30.
  • Funding is focused around the Natural Resources field.
  • This program is open to candidate’s who hold Canadian citizenship, Canadian permanent residency status, or Canadian refugee status.
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We'll Help Cover 75% of Wages up to $20k & Training

How Does the Youth in Natural Resources Program Work?

1. Apply Online

Fill out our eligibility assessment and application.

2. Get Approved

Candidates and employers will be informed by email once they are pre-qualified to participate in the program.

3. Recruitment

Candidates and employers are required to find their own placement, ECO Canada can offer helpful resources such as the Job Board (where hosts can post a job and candidates can submit their resume).

4. Secure Funding 

Funding is secured once a match is confirmed between the employer and a pre-approved candidate and contract agreements have been signed and returned to us within 15 days of being issued. 

5. Receive Funding 

This program offers eligible employers 75% wage coverage up to $20,000 of a candidate’s salary for a placement in a new full-time position, or 75% up to $30,000 when hiring a self-identified equity deserving candidate (based on funding availability).

Equity deserving groups include: Persons with a disability, Indigenous, Persons living in a rural or remote location including one of Canada’s territories. Both the employer and candidate must fill out reports throughout the placement for the employer to receive the wage subsidy.

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