Shaping the future of our forests, and the wildlife, communities, and livelihoods that depend on them, begins with engaging youth. It is critical that we engage with youth today, so that we can inspire them to become lifelong forest supporters and conservation leaders. Providing them with first-hand employment experiences in green jobs will increase their continued connection to nature.
The Government of Canada’s Green Jobs in Green Spaces Youth Employment Strategy offers a 50% wage-match to support green job placements for youth. Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada), in coordination with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program Participants and partners, aims to fill over 1,000 green jobs in 2018 and 2019 to get Canada’s youth working in the woods.
These jobs will inspire leadership in forest management stewardship, build diversity in partnerships with Indigenous and conservation groups, and foster a passion for science-based research and education.
Through this process, a 50% wage-match will be given to qualified job providers that will offer work experience opportunities to youth in the green jobs sector, mainly in natural settings across Canada. Projects can also, where necessary, offer other activities that help youth gain skills and work experience to prepare them for, and successfully transition them into the labour market.
President and CEO
Project Learning Tree Canada
PLT Canada can fund up to a maximum of 50% of a youth’s wages (including MERCs) up to a maximum of $5,712 per youth. Funding provided by PLT Canada towards the youth’s wages must be matched equally by the contribution recipient and/or its partner(s). The remaining 50% of the youth’s wages (paid by the employer) cannot be from another federal source.
Funding will be provided up to 37.5 hours per week for a maximum of 16 weeks per job. Funding will be provided to the employer after the completion of the Green Job. For your information, T4032 Payroll Deductions Table can be found on the CRA website.
Employees are to be recruited by job providers. To participate in the Green Jobs Program, employees must be:
INITIAL FUNDING APPLICATION
FILLING YOUR POSITIONS AND CONFIRMING YOUR FUNDING
Project Learning Tree Canada
1306 Wellington Street West
Any questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or at 613-745-3706.
The “Post work forms” dropdown menu will only need to be competed once your employee has finished their work term (see below).
AFTER THE GREEN JOB HAS ENDED
If you are accepted as an employer, you will be entering into a contract with PLT Canada. This contract will include reporting requirements as well as obtaining consent from participants to collect, use and disclose their participation.
We will review and approve funding applications for Green Jobs as we receive them until all funds have been allocated. PLT Canada wishes to make every effort to streamline the application process.
Please refer to Appendix 1 for a list of approved Green Jobs to see the types of jobs that will be approved. Application approvals are at the discretion of PLT Canada and SFI Inc.
You will be notified of the status of your funding application. If you are approved, a contract outlining terms and conditions (aligned with eligibility and requirements outlined below) will be drafted by PLT Canada and provided to successful applicants.
Employers must provide PLT Canada with completed Employer-Employee Declaration Forms for each employee within the first 15 days of employment. A link to the declaration forms can be found in Schedule C of your contract. Confirmation of employee paid wages will be required at the completion of the employment in order to receive the full funding amount.
Confirmation will include supplying PLT Canada with the first and last paystub of each employee whose position was funded. PLT Canada may request additional documentation to support wage claims made by the employer.
Green Jobs listed below have been pre-approved by Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for PLT Canada to administer. However, your job being offered may still be eligible.
Please contact Zac, Green Jobs Manager at email@example.com with your job description.
PRE-APPROVED GREEN JOBS:
Guidance from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Ecosystem and Wildlife Management
Silviculture, Forest Conservation and Research
Indigenous Forest Based Programs
Recreation and Interpretation
Conservation and Research
Financial assistance may be provided to cover all or a portion of the costs associated for youth participating in the activities.
Costs may include:
A rationale for these additional expenses, including a description of the supports needed and the reasoning behind them must be documented and submitted to PLT Canada.
Given that wages paid to participants are done through the host employer, T4 slips are the responsibility of the employer and should include all allowances issued to them. T4A would include the additional support that is provided such as travel costs, or dependent care. To ensure compliance with tax law, ESDC recommends that applicants verify this information with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
If an employer provides employment that is less than the minimum duration approved (e.g. eight weeks are approved, but the employer provides only four), the job will be deemed ineligible and costs will not be reimbursed. However, if the employee chooses to end the employment after the minimum duration approved, the costs related to the number of weeks worked would be eligible for reimbursement.
Normally, the weeks of employment will be consecutive, but exceptions will be treated on a case-by-case basis. For example, the employment period may allow for circumstances when the employee is unable to work (e.g. due to weather or other acceptable circumstances), or when the employee has requested time off. However, only the number of hours and weeks worked within the contract will be reimbursed.
All employees are eligible to work part-time.
Most importantly, the employer must offer a work environment where the employee’s safety can be assured.
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