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Greens Jobs Initiative Funding Summer Employment Opportunities!

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is thrilled to announce that funding has been secured for the 2021 CPRA Green Jobs Initiative.

The 2021 Green Jobs Initiative will provide direct financial support (via 50% wage subsidies) to local governments (municipalities, Indigenous communities, etc.) and other sector organizations, to support 700 jobs across Canada that focus on green career-related activities.

CPRA is now accepting applications for Summer 2021 Green Jobs.

In the first year of the Initiative (2018-2019) in the NWT there were :

  • 20 new green jobs created

  • 8 organizations funded

  • $68, 615 invested

Yellowknife Green Jobs Student Shows ‘Fruits’ of Local Agriculture

“Realizing the value of growing your own food directly translates into a connection between people and nature” — Ryan Wallace, Yellowknife, NT

"[In 2019] RYAN WALLACE SPENT HIS SUMMER SHOWING Yellowknife residents that great food can be grown locally in the Northwest Territories. Thanks to funding from the CPRA’s Green Jobs Initiative, which is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program, the Yellowknife Farmers Market was able to hire Ryan to work as a Harvesters Table Assistant." Continue reading about this Student Success Story.

The goals of the Green Jobs Initiative are to:

  • Create meaningful job experiences for 700 youth across Canada

  • Provide much-needed support to communities to hire additional youth to advance their green priorities

  • Provide job placements for youth, particularly those facing barriers, allowing them the opportunity to gain skills and build experience in the green sector


Rapid Intake Deadline: Friday, June 25, 2021

Second Intake (FINAL) Deadline: Friday, July 9, 2021


  • Canadian local governments, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations (Non-Profit Environment Organizations, Environmental Science Centers, Conservation Organizations, Museums, Education Institutions, and more) are eligible to apply to this Program.

  • youth who will be engaged in this program must be between 15 and 30 years of age when employment begins (inclusive)

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada and according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations


Eligible organizations should submit their applications online.

To learn more about the program, please visit or contact your Regional Project Manager:

Abby Webster

Phone: (867) 669-8392


Funding for this program is provided by Parks Canada as part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS).


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