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Employers

Building a diverse and resilient Green Jobs workforce 

 

If you are a Green Job employer looking to hire youth aged 15–30, you may be eligible for our 50% wage match!

PLT Canada has supported over 250 employers with a 50% wage match. Since 2018, we have placed youth in more than 3,700 paid work experiences in the forest, conservation, and parks sectors.

We are committed to building a future in which all communities value and benefit from PLT Canada green careers pathways that effectively balances environmental, economic and social values. This can only be achieved through relationships and collaboration that build mutual trust and respect the lived experiences and self-determination of the communities in which we live, work, and serve. Together we can make a positive and long-lasting difference toward creating a more equitable and inclusive future for all.

Building upon our existing services and initiatives aimed at addressing underrepresentation, including that of Indigenous, African American, Francophone, new comers, and urban communities, within the forest and conservation sector, PLT Canada green jobs funding embeds diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We will leverage the collective strengths and efforts of our network while proactively creating space for all communities to fully and meaningfully participate in the journey towards green jobs equity.

We also provide resources for employers to more effectively support all youth on their green career pathways, with webinars like “Green Jobs are for Everyone” and our Green Jobs Employer Series. Indigenous communities, businesses, and non-profits are also eligible!

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Funding for Employers

We offer a 50% or 80% wage match, with up to $32,000 CAD in reimbursements, to employers hiring youth aged 15-30 into Green Jobs. A Green Job is one that supports nature-based solutions for a more sustainable planet. Green jobs are typically involved in, but not limited to, jobs in the forest sector, parks, conservation, natural resource management, environmental education, sustainable food systems, climate change, carbon sequestration, species maintenance and recovery, water quality and quantity, and more. 

You must register as a Green Jobs employer before you can apply for the 50% wage match and start searching for job candidates.

Register now to apply for funding

 

What employers are saying

  • “Working as a part of the Mottled Duskywing Recovery team has been a wonderful experience. I have learned about the significance of one the smallest and most unassuming butterflies in Ontario and how critical it is to save them and their habitat. I am so proud of the fact that our team reintroduced the Mottled Duskywing to a region it was extirpated from. This will forever be one of my most memorable job experiences!”

    Wajed Shah
    Butterfly Conservation Field Assistant
    University of Guelph

    “Working as a part of the Mottled Duskywing Recovery team has been a wonderful experience. I have learned about the significance of one the smallest and most unassuming butterflies in Ontario and how critical it is to save them and their habitat. I am so proud of the fact that our team reintroduced the Mottled Duskywing to a region it was extirpated from. This will forever be one of my most memorable job experiences!”

    Wajed Shah
    Butterfly Conservation Field Assistant
    University of Guelph
  • “PLT has been funding OYEP since 2019 – they have allowed us to connect hundreds of Indigenous youth with green opportunities on a national level, with an accessible and timely funding structure and process.”

    Mark Kmill
    National Program Manager
    Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) I EMPLOYER I SFI community partner

    “PLT has been funding OYEP since 2019 – they have allowed us to connect hundreds of Indigenous youth with green opportunities on a national level, with an accessible and timely funding structure and process.”

    Mark Kmill
    National Program Manager
    Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) I EMPLOYER I SFI community partner
  • “Working with PLT Canada has allowed us to create meaningful jobs for youth and opportunities for them to gain hands-on experience in the environmental field. The quick application process allows us to focus our resources on the important work that we are doing for the community. Without PLT Canada we would not be able to offer these employment opportunities. I cannot say enough good things about the PLT Canada staff, they are always positive, friendly and helpful.”

    Alexandra Clarke
    Climate Change Researcher
    Temagami First Nation I EMPLOYER

    “Working with PLT Canada has allowed us to create meaningful jobs for youth and opportunities for them to gain hands-on experience in the environmental field. The quick application process allows us to focus our resources on the important work that we are doing for the community. Without PLT Canada we would not be able to offer these employment opportunities. I cannot say enough good things about the PLT Canada staff, they are always positive, friendly and helpful.”

    Alexandra Clarke
    Climate Change Researcher
    Temagami First Nation I EMPLOYER
  • “This was my first real job. The best part about it was tree planting. I like a challenge and I found myself trying to always strive to do better with placement of trees and the amount I planted. I also enjoyed learning about forest fire training. I met a lot of other First Nation youth that I am now friends with.”

    Evan Crawford
    Stewardship Youth Ranger, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP)
    SFI community partner

    “This was my first real job. The best part about it was tree planting. I like a challenge and I found myself trying to always strive to do better with placement of trees and the amount I planted. I also enjoyed learning about forest fire training. I met a lot of other First Nation youth that I am now friends with.”

    Evan Crawford
    Stewardship Youth Ranger, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP)
    SFI community partner
  • “There has never been a more important time to equip and inspire young people to address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. PLT Canada’s environmental education and career pathway programming is doing just that – and doing it in an equitable way to ensure all young people and nature can thrive.”

    Catherine Grenier
    President and CEO
    Nature Conservancy of Canada I PLT Canada Board Member

    “There has never been a more important time to equip and inspire young people to address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. PLT Canada’s environmental education and career pathway programming is doing just that – and doing it in an equitable way to ensure all young people and nature can thrive.”

    Catherine Grenier
    President and CEO
    Nature Conservancy of Canada I PLT Canada Board Member
  • “I learned a lot about the regional species in British Columbia such as flowers, fish and trees. This allows me to make conclusions about the health of certain ecosystems and how to manage them. I also learned to manage water control structures to improve the health of wetlands areas.”

    Tyffany Patrier
    Ducks Unlimited Canada
    SFI conservation partner

    “I learned a lot about the regional species in British Columbia such as flowers, fish and trees. This allows me to make conclusions about the health of certain ecosystems and how to manage them. I also learned to manage water control structures to improve the health of wetlands areas.”

    Tyffany Patrier
    Ducks Unlimited Canada
    SFI conservation partner
  • “Mosaic Forest Management has proudly partnered with PLT Canada over the past few years. Their support in raising awareness through their events and connecting us with funding opportunities for creating new positions has been instrumental in supporting our annual summer student and intern work programs. In 2021, we were pleased to introduce many of Mosaic’s contractor partners to PLT Canada’s funding opportunities which have resulted in new job opportunities being made possible for emerging workers in our industry.”

    Louise Bender
    VP People & Administration
    Mosaic Forest Management I SFI-certified organisation

    “Mosaic Forest Management has proudly partnered with PLT Canada over the past few years. Their support in raising awareness through their events and connecting us with funding opportunities for creating new positions has been instrumental in supporting our annual summer student and intern work programs. In 2021, we were pleased to introduce many of Mosaic’s contractor partners to PLT Canada’s funding opportunities which have resulted in new job opportunities being made possible for emerging workers in our industry.”

    Louise Bender
    VP People & Administration
    Mosaic Forest Management I SFI-certified organisation
  • “I learned a lot about how corporate sustainability reporting is used throughout the company to create goals and targets, measure performance, and drive sustainability efforts.”

    Basil Cooper
    Sustainability Co-op Student
    Canfor I SFI-certified organisation

    “I learned a lot about how corporate sustainability reporting is used throughout the company to create goals and targets, measure performance, and drive sustainability efforts.”

    Basil Cooper
    Sustainability Co-op Student
    Canfor I SFI-certified organisation

 
 
PLT Canada is supported in part by the Government of Canada and our strong networks at the Canadian Parks Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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