OTTAWA, June 21, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced a nearly $2 million increase in annual funding to Environment Canada's Science Horizons Youth Internship Program from $1.1 million to $3 million. The Government of Canada's commitment to the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is a key component of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which is creating jobs, growth and opportunities in an increasingly competitive world.
The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program gives post-secondary graduates opportunities to gain experience to prepare them for good, well-paying jobs in environmental science. Through collaborative partnerships with organizations that have been awarded Science Horizons funding, graduates receive hands-on experience working on environmental internships lasting a minimum of six months (24 work weeks).
- This year, employers across Canada will hire approximately 218 graduates giving young men and women practical work experience to pursue careers in environmental science. Up to a maximum of $12,000 in Science Horizons funding was made available to organizations for each approved internship.
- 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.
"Our Government's Economic Action Plan is creating jobs, economic growth and new opportunities for young people entering the workforce. The investments under this important internship program will provide young Canadians with real-life work experience in high-demand fields, such as science and technology, and help them secure a good, well-paying job in an increasingly competitive global economy."
– The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Government of Canada's website.
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For further information: Ted Laking, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of the Environment, 819-997-1441; Media Relations, Environment Canada, 819-934-8008