ECO Canada – Wage Subsidy Program For Environmental Students

ECO Canada’s new CO-OP Program provides 50% of wage funding for employers who hire environmental students.
As part of Canada’s Work-Integrated Learning strategy, we are matching students with employers in the environmental sector to help them on the path to a bright career.
Host organizations submit your application today to secure your funding.

ECO Canada Winter Co-op Funding

Funded by: ECO Canada
ECO Canada is partnering with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to provide employers with $5000 in wage subsidies to hire the brightest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).
Eligible candidates must be:

  • Enrolled at a recognized University or College in Canada earning a degree or diploma
  • Seeking a work placement position in STEAM.
  • A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or have Canadian refugee status.

More information: ECO Canada Co-op Student Work Placement

Canada Summer Jobs

Funded by: Service Canada
Provides wage subsidies to assist the not-for-profit, public sector, and smaller private sector organizations with 50 or fewer employees across Canada.

  • Eligible students must have been registered full-time students during the previous academic term with the intention of returning to their studies during the next academic year. Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Not-for-profits may be eligible for 100% coverage of provincial / territorial adult minimum hourly wage. Public and private sector employers are eligible for up to 50% of the provincial / territorial minimum hourly wage.
  • Availability: summer (view specific dates)
  • More information: Canada Summer Jobs

NSERC Experience Awards

Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Approved Canadian industrial organizations may qualify for cost-sharing up to a value of $4500. The employer must supplement the award by at least 25% of the value. A travel allowance may also be granted.

  • Students must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in the fields of natural science or engineering and have maintained an academic standing of “B” or greater.
  • The work term must expose the student to R&D and/or innovation-related activities related to their field of study.
  • Availability: ongoing as permitted by the student’s academic schedule. The term must be a maximum of four months.
  • Deadline: 4 weeks prior to the start of the work term
  • Contact: Chiara Longhi,, 604-822-9187

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)

Funded by: National Research Council Canada
NRC IRAP provides firms with funding under two different Youth programs: the Youth Employment Program (YEP) and the Youth Employment Program – Green (Youth-Green) program.

  • Employers should be incorporated Canadian small-medium sized enterprises with no more than 500 employees.
  • The project should deal with research related to science and technology with the goal to enhance your company’s innovative capability.
  • Students must be Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, or hold a valid work permit and enrolled in a full-time program.
  • Availability: ongoing
  • Application deadline: projects must be individually proposed to NRC IRAP
  • More information: National Research Council Canada

Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program

Funded by: Canada Revenue Agency
Offers tax deductions for current and capital expenditures as well as investment tax credits.

  • Canadian businesses conducting research and development in the areas of experimental development, applied research, basic research, and support work may qualify.
  • Deadline: At least three (3) weeks prior to the start of the work term.
  • More information: Canada Revenue Agency

Pacific Leaders Tuition Grant for BC Public Service Co-op Employees

Funded by: Government of British Columbia
Offers a reimbursement with a maximum of $1,000 per work term to co-op students under the B.C. public service’s co-op program. Grant is only eligible for work term tuition.

  • You are eligible for this grant if you: register in a co-op program and currently participate in a co-op program with a BC Public Service employer.
  • The following public sectors are not eligible: Provincial health authorities, school districts, and universities, Crown corporations, or other federal/municipal governments
  • More information: Government of British Columbia

Green Jobs Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP)

Funded by: Natural Resources Canada
Provides an opportunity for recent graduates in natural science and engineering to gain relevant and meaningful work experiences within their field of studies.

Wood First Funding

This funding is available through the UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing for companies that are focusing on value-added manufacturing in the wood products industry (product development or manufacturing improvement).

  • For further information contact: Jason Chiu at or (604) 822-0082.

PLT Canada

Project Learning Tree Canada will receive approximately $7 million in funding over the next 2 years as part of the federal government’s mandate to create youth employment through the Green Jobs in Green Spaces program. PLT is an initiative of SFI.

Career Launcher Internships

Funded by: Government of Canada
The Career-Launcher Internship program connects employers with skilled grads by providing up to $15,000 towards an intern’s salary. Grads can find a paid internship and launch a career with exciting work experience.

BC Tech Co-op Grants

Did you know you could get up to $10,800 for hiring a BC co-op student? Find out more about the BC Innovation Council’s BC Tech Co-op Grants Program.

BC Tech Co-op Grants

UNAC’s Green Spaces Funding

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Funded by: United Nations Association in Canada


Green Spaces (GS) is UNA-Canada’s innovative youth employment programme designed to provide talented students (aged 15-30) with engaging summer work opportunities in parks and natural settings. Green Spaces participants will undertake 8-16 week (30-37.5 hours/week) work-integrated learning (WiL) placements with various companies, governments, associations, universities, and civil society organizations across Canada. Placements are primarily related to the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development.

Eligibility and Requirements

Employer Eligibility

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Municipal governments
  • Provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies, and Crown Corporations
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • For-profit organizations
  • Post-secondary institutions or research labs

Participant Eligibility

  • Registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school full-time in the upcoming academic year
  • Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • Have not participated in a youth project or programme funded by the federal government within one year

For further information:


Availability: September 2018 to March 2019

Contact: Maggie Hall for placements in BC at or 778.859.2542

The PICS 2019 call for internship proposals

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Funded by: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Every year, PICS provides support to provincial, regional and local governments, businesses, Indigenous communities, among others, to hire university students to work on projects relevant to our vision, mandate, and objectives.
These internships provide students with opportunities to develop expertise in the area of climate change solutions, both mitigation and adaptation, and support our partners in addressing the climate change-related challenges they face.