Employers in the ag sector with an environmental focus are being urged to consider a program that subsidizes the salaries of new graduates by up to $13,500 per year.
“Agriculture is a natural fit for this green jobs initiative,” says Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council. “Canada’s primary producers are the front-line caregivers for much of our nation’s lands and waters and are therefore also the most invested in making sure heathy ecosystems are maintained.”
The Career Focus Green Jobs program targets small- and medium-size businesses by subsidizing the salary of new grads by 50 per cent (to a maximum of $13,500 yearly). To qualify, the job must have a green mandate or the employer needs to have an environmental focus.
For agriculture, a company needs to meet one of the following specifications:
- Has a sustainable mandate or focus which helps protect and restore ecosystems.
- Has developed and implemented systems to reduce waste within the industry.
- Produces organic products which reduce the use of chemicals.
- Conducts research on the environmental impact and resolutions within the industry.
- Be an agricultural manufacturing company that develops equipment that reduces emissions and energy use.
Such opportunities may be found in non-profit environmental organizations; solar and wind technology companies; environmental science centres; watershed and water resource agencies, farms and farming co-ops; conservation organizations; museums and educational institutions; waste management companies; and information technology companies, among others.
The program is being administered by BioTalent Canada and applications must be submitted by Dec. 12 to offset employment costs until June 2017. For more information on the Career Focus Green Jobs program contact Jennifer Ash at 613-234-1402 ext. 221 or [email protected] or visit biotalent.ca.
This initiative is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.