Wage Subsidy Program to hire Environmental Students


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ECO Canada's new CO-OP Program provides a wage subsidy of up to 50% to a maximum of $5000 to employers hiring students in an environmental role.

As part of Canada's Work-Integrated Learning strategy, we are matching students with employers in the environmental sector to help them on the path to a bright career.

  • Funding is for 12 to 16-weeks of paid student work-terms.
  • Students gain valuable on-the-job experience.
  • Employers increase their resource ability and talent pool.
  • Students: Current university or college students studying in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) and Business qualify for our Co-op Program. Students must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or have Refugee status. Students on a work permit or visa are not eligible.

  • Employers: ECO Canada through ESDC Career Focus program will provide up to 50% of a Co-op student’s pay in wage subsidies.

    Employers must be able to provide full-time work (minimum 30 hrs per week) for a 12 to 16-week term duration in an environmental capacity to be eligible for funding.

  • Additional funding disbursements may be made available for employers who hire students from one of the following groups:

    • Women in STEM
    • Indigenous People
    • Person with Disabilities
    • Recent Immigrant
    • First-year Student

  • Post-Secondary Institutions: We will be working closely with universities and colleges to help students bridge the school-to-work transition. ECO Canada provides career support services to environmental students and professionals. We’re committed to youth employment in the environmental sector. Post-secondaries will receive support from ECO Canada in marketing Co-op opportunities and placements.

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We created 2000+ jobs last year and 90% of interns acquired full-time employment through our Wage Funding program.

We gave $25.1 M in wage subsidies to employers creating career opportunities for new graduates.

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