2019 Annual Report highlights successful year for PLT Canada

March 02, 2020

We are thrilled to release our 2019 Annual Report, which highlights many of our successes over the past 12 months. Among our many accomplishments, we have placed over 2,000 youth into Green Jobs since 2018, thanks in part to funding by the Government of Canada and employers across the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Canadian Parks Council (CPC) networks. We have also achieved great diversity in our Green Jobs placements, including year-over-year gender balance, jobs for Indigenous youth (12% of placements) and jobs for rural youth (23% of placements).


Through our Green Jobs program, youth aged 15-30 gain valuable experience that helps them pursue careers as foresters, wildlife biologists, Indigenous knowledge coordinators, hydrologists, park rangers, and much more.

“Thanks to Project Learning Tree Canada, more young Canadians have access to meaningful work experience in the green jobs sector,” says the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. “Giving young people – especially those facing barriers – a strong head start toward a career is what the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy is all about. We are pleased to partner with and support this organization.”

There has never been a more important time for the development of Canada’s forest workforce.

“Over 200 employers, all linked to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Canadian Parks Council networks, have enabled youth across the country to gain meaningful work experiences in the great outdoors,” said Kathy Abusow, PLT Canada President and CEO. “Our growing community not only benefits from increased access to job opportunities, but also valuable mentorship, networking, and career development tools we are in the process of building.”

We expect to accomplish many great things again in 2020 as we expand our programming and welcome back thousands of job applicants from across Canada for summer job opportunities. “We’re looking forward to helping even more young people navigate green career pathways, thanks to our new services and increased funding,” says Abusow. “We’re incredibly grateful to the Government of Canada and our employer partners across the country for their incredible support and commitment to growing the next generation of forest and conservation leaders.”

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