Daniel, Green Corps participant with Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce:
“UNA-Canada’s Green Corps has provided me with the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in the field I studied, and use the skills and knowledge I acquired in university. Now I feel confident that I can reach my professional potential and meaningfully contribute to elevating the green economy in the country that has given me so much. Working with the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce to coordinate environmental policies will improve the Yukon’s sustainability initiatives and showcase Whitehorse’s environmental leadership.”
The power of youth to shape and transform the world is clear. Canadian youth benefit from their diversity advantage, world-class education, and energy. Canada’s government has acted to restore our place on environmental stewardship and climate action — what our youth don’t have is work. High rates of youth un- and underemployment results in short and long-term economic damage, lowered self-confidence and squanders the significant investment young people, their families, schools and government have made.
UNA-Canada has responded with Canada Green Corps (CGC). This innovative results-focused initiative will strategically fulfill government commitments to provide new opportunities for youth and showcase national leadership on climate action. UNA-Canada, a respected and successful youth serving and deploying national organization is building on 20 years of success to launch CGC that will bridge Canadian youth to meaningful employment and ignite the green economy:
- Bridge talented un- or underemployed youth to meaningful employment through work-integrated learning and disciplined support.
- Strategic six-month full-time placements working with government, private sector, First Nations, institutions, universities and other partner organizations;
- Partner organizations will receive a wage subsidy to host CGC participants during their six-month employment;
- Peer-to-peer knowledge and skills transfer through “Innovation Teams” consisting of CGC participants across Canada and UNA-Canada’s international UN interns;
- Contribute to Canada’s commitments on climate & environment United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Innovate through youth-to-youth micro-investment in clean tech and community projects; building a culture of innovation and accelerating a clean energy future.
CGC is UNA-Canada’s innovative new youth employment programme designed to bridge talented, yet un- and underemployed, Canadian youth to meaningful employment to ignite Canada’s green economy. CGC participants will undertake four or six-month work-integrated learning placements with various companies, governments, associations, universities and civil society organizations across Canada, but particularly our cities of focus: Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. CGC participants may assist their employer organizations and communities in reducing their environmental footprint and increasing sustainability. Additionally, CGC participants may engage their communities over the course of their placements, helping to identify and address environmental “quick wins” in their communities and workplaces.
Getting that all-important first job! There is no substitute for practical, real-world work experience.
- Gain valuable work experience and develop new professional skills;
- Build your network with like-minded professionals from diverse professional and academic backgrounds; and
- Develop a more nuanced understanding of issues related to environmental sustainability , natural resource management and green growth opportunities in a Canadian and international context.
To be part of the CGC, youth must be:
- between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
- legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
- not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits;
- must be able to commit to a full-time job placement;
- Unemployed or underemployed.
*Note: Underemployment exists when employed persons are A) working part-time, or B) working in a field that does not utilize their academic qualifications, thus, not attaining their full employment level.
CGC is securing a wide variety of employers at the moment. Correspondingly, UNA-Canada encourages applicants with diverse academic backgrounds and professional aspirations to apply. Although the minimum requirement is to have completed high school, applicants with college, CEGEP, diploma, bachelor, masters and PhD degrees are also welcome to apply. Some fields that CGC has positions for are: Marketing and communications, engineering, community engagement/education, information technology, art and music, trade/technical, business/economics, research, policy and governance, law, and the sciences to name a few.
Eligible employer organizations include:
- not-for-profit organizations;
- municipal governments, provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations;
- Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
- for-profit organizations.
The call for applications for participants is now closed. The selection process is on a rolling basis until the end of January. Due to the high number of applicants, only selected candidates will be contacted.
Organizations interested in hosting CGC participants can send a job description of the position they wish to fill to Project Officer, Julie-Pier Nadeau at [email protected] (for positions in Nova Scotia, Quebec or Ontario) OR to Project Officer, Kanchan Muti at [email protected] (for positions in Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon).
If you have specific questions regarding CGC, or if your organization is interested in employing a CGC participant, please email:
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