Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – Vancouver, British Columbia
Young Canadians are concerned about their futures, which is why they are leading the charge to create a healthier planet, with cleaner air, cleaner water, and good jobs for now and for generations to come. As we rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is supporting youth in participating and growing the clean economy.
Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced $38.2 million to create 1,297 youth internship opportunities in the environmental and clean technology sectors. These internships will be offered in collaboration with environmental science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employers across Canada for six- to twelve-month projects.
The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program is now open for youth and employers to apply. The program provides financial aid to eligible employers across Canada to hire recent post-secondary graduates. Employers can get up to $25,000 in funding for wage subsidies and up to $5,000 for skills development, training, and other job supports for each intern they hire. Specific opportunities are available for Indigenous peoples, members of visible minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, and more. All Science Horizons internships are paid opportunities.
The announcement was made in partnership with Regenerative Waste Labs, which provides scientific testing that helps businesses assess the environmental impact of their products and reduce their waste. In 2020, Regenerative Waste Labs received $15,000 in funding to hire an intern under the Science Horizons program.
Today, Minister Wilkinson also launched applications for Environment and Climate Change Canada’s first-ever Youth Council, which will engage young Canadians aged eighteen to twenty-five in the key environmental challenges of our time.