United Nations Association (UNA) in Canada – Canada Green Corps (2021)


Canada Green Corps is an innovative youth employment programme designed to launch the careers of talented, yet un- or underemployed, Canadian youth.

Programme objectives are:

  1. to assist Canadian youth in developing future skills and building diverse professional networks, through six-month Work-Integrated Learning internships with employer partners across the country that will enable them to find meaningful and long-term employment.

  2. to accelerate Canada’s transition to a green economy by connecting a growing network of Green Corps Interns and Employer Partners together to share sustainability best practices.

  3. to contribute to Canada’s commitments on climate and environment as per the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of a wage subsidy.


Applicant/Employers must be:

  • non-profit organizations;
  • municipal, provincial, and territorial governments, institutions, agencies, and Crown corporations;
  • indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils, and self-governing entities);
  • private companies;
  • employers in a variety of sectors across the country who provide diverse opportunities for young professionals to launch their careers. By partnering with UNA-Canada, employers join a national network of sustainability leaders and benefit from the contributions of talented and energetic young professionals.

Green Corps interns must:  

  • be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake;
  • be recent post-secondary graduates eligible to work in STEM fields;
  • be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or a person who has been granted refugee status in Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits at the time of intake (*Please note that cancelling EI benefits can delay the hiring process);
  • not be a full-time student or co-op student;
  • be able to work full time;
  • be un- or underemployed. Underemployment exists when employed persons are A) working part-time, or B) working in a field that does not utilize their academic qualifications, thus, not attaining their full employment level.

Other Things to Note:

Funded through Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada Green Corps strategically fulfills government commitments to provide new employment opportunities for youth and showcase national leadership on climate action.

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