Minister Aglukkaq announces funding that will create jobs and support
key priorities of the National Conservation Plan
FREDERICTON, May 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Minister Aglukkaq announced
$1.1 million to fund internships that offer graduates opportunities to
develop knowledge and skills that will open doors to employment.
Minister Aglukkaq was joined by the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member
of Parliament for Fredericton.
The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program gives recent
post-secondary graduates opportunities to gain experience that will
prepare them for sustainable employment in the environmental science
fields such as conservation. This program supports the key priorities
of the National Conservation Plan (NCP), which was recently launched by
Prime Minister Harper. The NCP will provide a shared and coherent
vision to advance conservation efforts across the country. It will
enable Canadians across the country to conserve and restore lands and
waters, and enhance the connections between citizens and natural
Through collaborative partnerships with organizations that have been
awarded Science Horizons funding, post-secondary graduates receive
hands-on experience working full-time on environmental projects in
internships lasting a minimum of six months.
The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program supports the Government of
Canada's Youth Employment Strategy. This program helps young graduates
gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a
successful transition into the labour market.
Since 1997, through the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program,
Environment Canada has encouraged employers to sponsor approximately
1,500 post-secondary graduates to participate in science internships.
This year, employers across Canada will hire 93 graduates giving young
men and women practical work experience to pursue careers in science.
Up to a maximum of $12,000 in Science Horizons funding is available to
organizations for each approved internship.
"Our Government has been playing a leadership role in supporting
graduates and youth employment as seen with the Prime Minister's recent
announcement to support paid internships for post-secondary graduates.
The exciting part about today's funding announcement is that it
promotes collaborative environmental partnerships which directly
support our Government's National Conservation Plan. The National
Conservation Plan announced last week by Prime Minister Harper is a
concrete plan that commits to helping conserve and restore our natural
heritage across the country."
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for
the Arctic Council
"Today's announcement is built on collaborative partnerships, which is
so important to the National Conservation Plan. The Government of
Canada's investment in our youth today will help us grow tomorrow's
workforce. It will also help contribute to Canada's long-term growth,
competitiveness and overall prosperity."
- The Honourable Keith Ashfield, P.C., Member of Parliament for
"Projects have continuously provided valuable work experience and
networking opportunities for interns, while allowing our organization
to expand its mandate and provide leadership on important environmental
- Donald Killorn, Executive Director, Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.
Environment Canada Science Horizons Program
Youth Employment Strategy
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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