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Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative

Wage subsidies will be available for Summer 2018 and Summer 2019 for Canadian municipalities, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations to hire Youth for Green Jobs The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) has officially entered into an agreement with the Government of Canada to administer elements of the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative. Specifically, CPRA will administer this program through municipalities and other sector partners.

On behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), CPRA will administer wage subsidies (up to 50%) to support the creation of 1,000 new green jobs for youth in the summers of 2018 and 2019 (500 per year).  The maximum wage subsidy offered through this program will be $5,712.00 for each youth/job. 

In this context, the following definitions apply:

  • A job is considered "New" if the job has been created for the 2018 summer work term and is not a continuation of a current position
  • "Green Job" is a broad interpretation including (but not limited to) park horticulture and landscaping, parks operations, parks planning, parks technicians, biodiversity, outdoor play/park facilitators, parks ambassadors or interpreters
  • "Youth" is defined as those who are 15-30 years of age, and are returning to school after the work term

Work terms supported by this Program can be variable, lasting between 4-16 weeks in duration. While employers are welcome to set their own wages, the Program contribution amount must be matched by the employer. Matching funds cannot come from another federal government funding program.
This CPRA effort is part of the overall Government of Canada commitment outlined in the 2017 Federal Budget that committed to creating 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians. CPRA is committed to making this process efficient and positive for all sectors.

Note: Funding for this program is provided by Employment Services and Development Canada

Application Deadline

There are two opportunities to apply for the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative:

First application deadline: February 26, 2018

Second application deadline: March 12, 2018

Eligible organizations will submit their applications to the SWE Green Jobs Initiative online at

For those who are unable to complete the application online, a fillable PDF form can be requested by contacting