Wage Funding For Junior Professionals Now Available

Helping to Create Environmental Jobs in Canada

Eligible Participants Receive up to $15,000 per Full-Time Position Created

As the leading provider of employment programs that contribute to the development of the environmental workforce for the past 20 years, we are the source for employers and candidates to receive internship funding support. Our program gives eligible employers who work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or natural resources up to 50% of an intern’s salary (up to $15,000) for new full-time environmental jobs. Employers may also use this program to fund multiple new positions!

Program Eligibility

  • Must be a full-time, permanent position
  • Environment-related position in STEM or Natural Resources
  • Must be 30 years of age or younger
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
  • Educated with a minimum 2-year diploma


Program funding is filled quickly – don’t wait to get started. Fill out the Eligibility Quiz to take the first step.

Am I eligible?

Note: To be eligible for the program you must meet all of the requirements below. No exceptions to the eligibility requirements will be made.

Employers (Hosts)


  • Offering a full-time, permanent position
  • Providing an environment-related position in STEM OR natural resources
  • Planning to hire a new employee (the intern cannot be an existing employee. Short term contract – three months or less – and summer students are exempt.)
  • Host organization must be one of the following: Canadian owned, a Canadian subsidiary, Municipal Government Department, or Provincial Government Department
  • Intend to lead an environmental career in STEM or natural resources
  • 30 years of age or younger
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee status
  • Graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum of a 2 year diploma or 4 year degree
  • Able to work in a full-time, permanent position within 30 days from application
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Have not participated previously in a federal youth employment or education program
  • Not currently employed as a paid employee at the host organization
  • Not a family member of the host organization’s directors or senior officers

What roles are eligible?

To be eligible for funding the role must be a full-time permanent position and have a positive environmental impact.

Examples of eligible roles related to:

  • Research assistant to collect historical data, run models, and assess climate change impacts
  • Environmental coordinator determining and implementing best management practices for sustainable farming
  • Lab technician analysing water samples from sites to determine the contamination levels.


  • Software designer to create smart grid technologies.
  • GIS analyst focused on animal movements in Northern Canada.


  • Design engineer to develop environmental monitoring equipment for greenhouse gases.
  • Energy Engineer to identify and quantify the opportunity for projects involving Demand Response, efficiency, renewable technologies, management and operating improvements to major energy using equipment.


  • Home Energy Modeller to calculate thermal performance of building with a goal of recommending and implementing energy efficient options.

Natural Resources:

  • Marine Geoscience Technologist to conduct geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging or underground mine survey programs.
  • Forest Systems Modelling Specialist providing support and expertise on model-based systems and sub-systems, as well as educating and supporting the wider organizational objectives.
  • Geomatics Technologist to conduct in-field surveys, office calculations and the production of plans to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features on the earth’s surface, underground and underwater.

How does the process work?

We’ll review an application and email the organization or candidate within 10 business days with their status (approved, pending or declined).

Once a host has found an intern, they will contact us and make sure that their candidate also applies to the program and receives approval. When both parties are approved, the host will contact us so that we can complete the match.

Interns are responsible for finding a host the same way to finding any other employment opportunities. Once an intern is approved they will receive documentation that will help them sell themselves and their pre-approval status.

After you and your host are matched, we’ll send a host contract, intern contract, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form, and Participation Information Form to start the internship and specify wage subsidy payments. Interns need to sign and send the intern contract and Participant Information Form (PIF) back. Hosts need to sign and send the host contract, EFT form and a void cheque.

What documentation is required?

After you and your host are matched, we’ll send a contract, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form, and Participation Information Form (PIF) to start the internship and specify wage subsidy payments. Interns need to sign and send the intern agreement and PIF back. Hosts need to sign and send the contract agreement and EFT form.

Throughout the internship, you’ll need to provide Intern and Host Reports, and salary documentation by all scheduled due dates. We require this information before we can pay the host wage subsidy installments.

The Internship Team may also conduct periodic monitoring calls and site visits.

Note: If we do not receive this documentation from you within 2 weeks of the due dates, your internship will be revoked.

Are you able to make exceptions?

The eligibility requirements are set by the government funding body and not by ECO Canada. No exceptions to the requirements will be made.


Host: A host is an eligible employer, who works in or on projects in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or natural resources and is creating a new full-time environmental job.

Intern: An intern meets the eligibility requirements and is ready to enter the environmental workforce. The intern is prepared to transition into a full-time environmental job upon completion of the internship.

Permanent Role: A permanent role means the intern is an employee at the organization — not on contract, not a short-term hire, summer student, co-op student or intern in the traditional sense. The intention is for you as the host organization to keep your intern on as a long-term employee when the program is completed.

Full-time: On a weekly basis, a full-time employee is considered to be about 37.5-40 hours per week.


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Information for Hosts

Hire new talent for your team.

Gain new skills, fresh ideas and enthusiasm from a future star employee. 90% of ECO Canada interns are hired permanently.

Internships typically last for 12 months and are intended to lead to permanent employment. To be considered, your interns start date must be within 30 days of being approved.

Ready to apply? You’ll need the salary information, role description, and a training plan. The application will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can also save your application and return to it a later date.


Information for Interns

Find meaningful environmental jobs.

Apply for pre-approval to become an intern in our EYC or Natural Resources Programs. Once you’ve been pre-approved, you’ll need to find an eligible employer to host your internship. This employer must also apply for and receive approval to participate in the program.

The internship starts once you and your host have received approval, been matched, and provided all final contracts and salary documentation.

Read what others are saying:

In a small business, the power of one employee is significant. If we employ one person, but the right person, that person can help push our company to the next level.

Supriya Tandan, Nimonik, past EYC employer host

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We found this nothing but a good experience for us. Sometimes when the grant funding is made available, we put in an application anyway, so we’re immediately aware when we have grant funding available.

Ed Hoppe, Caro Analytical Services, past EYC employer host

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