Work Experience in Environmental Sector

First Canadian Work Experience Program for Highly Skilled Immigrants in the Environmental Sector, provided by Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada)!

ECO Canada is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1992 to help nurture Canada’s growing environmental sector. They train and certify Canada’s Environmental Professionals and has been provided funding by the government of Canada to develop and test an online environmental training and wage subsidy program for newcomers.

The main goal of this pilot project is to support newcomers in finding their first Canadian work experience in the environment sector.

The program gives eligible environmental employers up to 50% of a new Canadian employee’s salary (up to $10,000) for a full-time 6-month work placement in an environmental position.

Space and funding is limited, so make sure to get your applications in soon to avoid missing out on this amazing opportunity!

Who is Eligible?

  • Canadian environmental employerslooking to hire a new Canadian in a new full-time permanent position
  • New Canadianswho are eligible to work in Canada that have international environmental work experience and post-secondary education in an environmentally-related field

How does the program work?

  1. Newcomers and employers fill out an application to see if they are eligible to participate in the program.
  2. If the newcomer is approved to participate in the program, he or she will be required to complete the online training program.
  3. Once the newcomer has completed the training program, he or she must find a suitable position and employer for the work placement and wage subsidy program.
  4. The newcomer will have to market themselves to the employer as being eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 (up to 50% of their wages for a 6-month work term).
  5. Alternatively, the employer can fill out the application for wage subsidy directly if they have already identified a suitable newcomer for a position that they are hiring for.
  6. Both the employer and the newcomer must fill out reports at the 3 and 6-month mark of the work placement in order for the employer to receive the wage subsidies.

What are the timelines?

  • June 1: Applications Open
  • July 1: New Canadians Start the Online Training Program
  • September 1: 6-month Work Placements Begin

Click here to find out more about the program or apply now!