EDMONTON, Aug. 29, 2018 /CNW/ - The global economy is shifting toward clean growth and renewable energy. By investing in environmental and clean-technology jobs for today's youth, the Government of Canada is helping tackle climate change, protecting the environment, and creating jobs for Canadians. Giving Alberta youth a real and fair chance at success means helping them get the skills and training they need to get good jobs now and prepare for tomorrow.
Today, the Minister of Natural Resources, Amarjeet Sohi, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada is helping young graduates in Alberta gain valuable work experience in the clean-growth economy, through the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program.
Science Horizons provides wage subsidies to eligible employers in the environmental and clean-technology sectors to hire recent college and university graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Interns gain experience working on environmental projects lasting 6 to 12 months. Up to $15,000 in Science Horizons funding is available to employers for interns they hire.
"Through the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program, the Government of Canada is taking action to help young people obtain meaningful work experience in the environmental and clean-growth sector here in Alberta."
– Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources
"I am proud that our government is investing in the future of our kids and grandkids while protecting the environment, growing the economy, and creating good jobs. The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program will help youth get ahead in the environmental, clean-tech, and innovation sectors."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- This funding is part of Budget 2017's additional $395.5‑million investment over three years, starting in 2017–2018, for the Youth Employment Strategy.
- Environment and Climate Change Canada is one of 11 federal departments and agencies committed to providing opportunities for Canada's youth, under the Youth Employment Strategy.
- This year, Environment and Climate Change Canada will be providing $14 million in wage subsidies to employers across Canada, through the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program. The Program's funding will support at least 950 internships, including over 65 internships in Alberta.
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Caroline Thériault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 613-462-5473, [email protected]; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free), [email protected]