CPRA YOUTH EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

OVERVIEW

The application period is now closed.

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) has secured Government of Canada funding via the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Program to support job placements for youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment. Officially entitled the CPRA Youth Employment Experience, this program will provide direct financial support (via 100% wage subsidies) to local governments, allowing them to offer placements that will focus on youth gaining a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience in the community parks and recreation sector. Not only will this program provide hands-on training, but each youth will be paired with a mentor at their place of employment to provide an immersive experience. Via this program, local governments will be able to hire additional youth to advance their parks and recreation priorities.

Over the course of this 3-year program, over 250 youth will be engaged in the CPRA Youth Employment Experience program. Calls for funding will be announced each year. The program will end in December 2023.

OBJECTIVES

The goals of the CPRA Youth Employment Experience are to:

  • provide job placements for youth, particularly those facing barriers, allowing them the opportunity to gain skills and build experience in the community parks and recreation sector
  • enable youth to connect with a mentor, allowing them to gain hands-on experience in a workplace setting
  • build skills, expand networks, and increase knowledge of the parks and recreation sector for both youth and mentors
  • engage a diverse group of young Canadians in the program
  • increase the recruitment and retention of youth facing barriers to employment in Canada
  • provide much-needed support to communities to hire additional youth to advance their parks and recreation priorities

IMPORTANT DATES

This is an open competition, and eligible organizations are invited to apply in English or in French.

Application Deadline May 14, 2021
Notice of Decision June 2, 2021
Earliest Job Start Date June 7, 2021

Eligible organizations should submit their applications online.

Click here to preview the questions that will be asked in the application form.

For assistance with completing your application, or should you have any questions, please contact your Regional Project Manager.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

CPRA encourages applicants to submit proposals in English or French and commits to ensuring high quality review of applications submitted in either official language.