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If you work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) or one of the following Natural Resources sectors: Energy, Mining, Forests, or Earth Sciences, you may qualify for up to $15,000 in wage subsidy for your next junior candidate's salary. You may also be eligible to fund multiple new positions! Applying is easy and eligibility is determined in just 10 minutes.

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Become a Host Employer in Just 5 Steps!

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    Take the Eligibility Quiz and answer a few questions

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    Complete the host application and get approved by ECO

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    Find a candidate for the environmental position and have them apply

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    Employer Host and Candidate are matched and approved by ECO

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    Start the job and receive your wage funding!

Who’s Eligible?

In order to be eligible to receive wage funding, your organization must meet all five of the requirements below. No exceptions will be made.

Be offering a full-time, permanent position

Providing an environment-related position in STEM OR Natural Resources sectors: Energy, Mining/Materials, Forests, or Earth Sciences

Planning to hire a new employee. The candidate cannot be an existing full-time, permanent employee (co-ops, internships, and previous part-time/short term contract employees may be eligible).

Host organization must be one of the following: Canadian owned, a Canadian subsidiary, Municipal Government Department, or Provincial Government Department

The Job Candidate must meet the following criteria:
- aged 30 or under
- graduated from a post-secondary institution
- Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or have Canadian refugee status

For Questions on Getting Started, Recruiting, Receiving Wage Subsidy, and more:

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 analyzing water samples from sites to determine the contamination levels.


  • 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.


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

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 It Works

1.We will review your application and email your status within 10 business days (approved, pending or declined).

2. Once you select your job candidate, you will make sure that the candidate has applied to the program and been approved. When both parties are approved, you will contact us so that we can complete the match.

3. Candidates are responsible for finding a host employer the same way as finding any other employment opportunities. Once a candidate is approved they will receive an information package with tips and information on marketing their skills and knowledge.

4. After you are matched with your candidate, we will send a host contract, participant contract, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form, and Participation Information Form to start the program and specify wage subsidy payments. Candidates need to sign and send their contract and Participant Information Form (PIF) back. Employers need to sign and send the host contract, EFT form, and a void cheque.

Program placements typically last for 8-12 months and are intended to lead to permanent employment. To be considered, your candidate start date must be within 30 days of being approved.

What You Need:

You must have 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to apply? Take our short eligibility quiz to get started now!

Candidate Process

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