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The following Canadian local governments are eligible to apply to this Program:

  • Municipalities
  • Cities and Towns
  • Villages
  • Regional Districts
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Indigenous Governments

In addition, non-profit organizations who deliver recreation programming on behalf of the local government are welcome to apply with a letter of support from the local government. The letter must clearly articulate the partnership between the two organizations in the delivery of recreation to the local community.


Eligible youth who will be engaged in this program must be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age when employment begins (inclusive)
  • a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • legally entitled to work in Canada
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

CPRA strongly encourages the hiring of youth who experience barriers to employment. These include, but are not limited to, those who self-identify as:

  • Residing in a rural or remote location
  • Youth who belong to a visible minority group
  • Indigenous youth
  • Involuntary NEET (Not in Education, Employment, Training) for at least 6 months
  • LGBTQ2+
  • Living in a low-income household
  • Living with family care responsibilities
  • Living with a disability
  • Living with low levels of literacy and numeracy
  • Recent immigrant and/or refugee
  • Affected by substance use
  • Currently in, coming out of, or who have had involvement in the justice system
  • Early leavers from high school
  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • “In or ageing out of care”
  • Individuals at risk of or experiencing mental health issues