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Youth employment programming: joint call for proposals for Delivery Organizations

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) are launching a joint call for proposals for their respective programs:

  • NRCan: Science & Technology Internship Program (STIP) – Green Jobs
  • ECCC: Science Horizons Youth Internship Program (Science Horizons)

Both organizations are seeking applications from eligible organizations to deliver either or both programs for 2021-22 and 2022-23.

Program objectives

The objective of the STIP-Green Jobs is to help young Canadians of diverse backgrounds gain experience, knowledge and skills in the natural resources sector (including in energy, forestry, mining and earth sciences) through work experience and training opportunities in science technology engineering and math (STEM), and other fields in order to advance positive environmental outcomes.

The objective of Science Horizons is to support post-secondary graduates in gaining relevant and meaningful work experience in positions related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Science Horizons internships will provide hands on experience through internships and training to help youth transition to employment in roles that support protecting the environment and/or the adoption of clean technology.

Both programs provide wage subsidies for Hiring Organizations in the environmental and natural resource sectors, to host eligible youth for internships up to 12 months. Additionally, STIP - Green Jobs will be supporting youth training placements that build relevant knowledge and skills for future employment in the natural resources sector.

Eligible Delivery Organizations applicants

Eligible applicants must:

  • be recognized as professional organizations in their respective fields, with the governance structure, staff, and networks that make them good candidates to best deliver this initiative
  • be able to target/reach youth facing barriers to employment and increase participation among youth in employment equity groups (e.g. disability, Indigenous, visible minorities, women, residents of rural or remote communities, and youth in official language minority communities)
  • have experience working with Indigenous communities and employers
  • be able to furnish a business number (assigned by the Canada Revenue Agency)

Delivery Organizations must be one of the following:

  • Not-for-profit organizations (including voluntary organizations and foundations);
  • For-profit organizations, provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports program priorities and objectives;
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) ;
  • Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments, and their departments, agencies, institutions and Crown Corporations, where applicable; or,
  • Public health, educational and cultural organizations.

For STIP - Green Jobs, Delivery Organizations must also have knowledge of natural resources sectors. This includes sectors pertaining to mines, minerals, forestry, earth sciences and energy, including energy developed from renewable resources such as water, and forest resources.

For Science Horizons, Delivery Organizations must have knowledge of the environmental and/or clean technology sectors. This includes climate change mitigation and adaptation, low carbon economy, environmental conservation and clean technology.

Delivery Organization responsibilities

The successful Delivery Organization(s) shall be responsible for:

  • recruiting (evaluating and selecting) Hiring Organizations
  • signing agreements with Hiring Organizations to administer payments, and/or deliver training programs
  • selecting and matching interns with positions at Hiring Organizations with a focus on employment accessibility for all youth (regardless of potential barriers). Particular consideration should be given to targeting employment equity groups including persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, women in STEM, and members of rural or remote communities


April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023

How to apply

To request an application package, kindly send an email with subject line:

Request – Application Package - your organization’s Legal Name.

STIP – Green Jobs: STIP/
Science Horizons:

If you want to apply to both programs, kindly make two requests, one with NRCan and one with ECCC.

Application deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday January 20, 2021, at 23:59 Pacific Time.

Additional information

NRCan (STIP - Green Jobs) is planning to issue a minimum of one agreement of $1,116,000 over two years. ECCC (Science Horizons) is planning to issue agreements totaling a minimum of  $6,138,000 over two years. Both programs will also assess the capacity of delivery organizations to deliver a higher number of internships depending on the availability of appropriated funds.

The Government of Canada reserves the right to alter or cancel the currently envisaged process and deadline at its sole discretion.  NRCan and ECCC may also revise the funding available under this call at its discretion.

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