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. This innovative results-focused initiative will strategically fulfill government commitments to provide new opportunities for youth and showcase national leadership on climate action.
Daniel, Green Corps participant with Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce:
“Green Corp changed my life. It has made such a difference to me; I went from being a nobody student, who has just graduated and didn’t know what I was going to do, to having weekly meeting with the mayor with a permanent position. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the program, and I know that my employer, the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce feels the same way.”
UNA-Canada, a respected and successful youth serving and deploying national organization is building on 20 years of success to launch Green Corps 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 Green Corps participants during their six-month employment;
- Peer-to-peer knowledge and skills transfer through “Innovation Teams” consisting of Green Corps 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).
Who We Are
Green Corps 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. Green Corps 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. Green Corps participants may assist their employer organizations and communities in reducing their environmental footprint and increasing sustainability. Additionally, Green Corps 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 Green Corps, 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;
- be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
- not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits at the time of the placement (*Please note that the cancellation of EI benefits may cause some delay in the hiring process);
- not be full-time students or co-op students;
- not have participated in a youth project or programme funded by the federal government within one year. If youth have participated in a federally-funded youth programme, they must have been continuously unemployed throughout the following year, and their application will be subject to review;
- 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.
Green Corps 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 Green Corps 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 andCrown Corporations;
- Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
- for-profit organizations.
Please note that the call for applications is currently closed.
Organizations interested in hosting Green Corps 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 the Maritimes, Quebec or Ontario) OR to Project Officer, Kanchan Muti at [email protected] (for positions in the Prairies, British Columbia and Yukon).
If you have specific questions regarding Green Corps, or if your organization is interested in employing a Green Corps participant, please email:
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