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Canadian local governments, Indigenous communities and other sector organizations are eligible to apply to this Program. Other sector organizations include:

  • Not for Profit Environmental Organizations
  • Environmental Science Centers
  • Conservation Organizations
  • Museums
  • Education Institutions
  • Community NGOs
  • Provincial NGOs
  • Park Authorities
  • Villages/Towns
  • Youth Agencies
  • Regional Districts
  • Recreation Centres
  • Community Centres

Only one application per eligible organization is allowed, but applications may include requests for multiple jobs.


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

Funding for this program is provided by Parks Canada as part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS). As such, CPRA will prioritize funding for organizations who commit to hiring youth who face barriers to employment including but not limited to the following groups:

  • 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
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