Covid-19 update:  The NYGEP program will now be starting on September 12th. As of early May, there was no firm application deadline, but the plan was to stop recruiting once the cohort was full. Cohort 1, starting September 12th will take on 40 newcomer youth (age 18-29). If necessary, this program will then be delivered online.

Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Newcomer Youth Green Economy Project (NYGEP), provided by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, supports newcomer post-secondary students in the GTA to access field trips, experiential learning opportunities, and job skills training.

Throughout the five-month part-time program, participants will have access to learning opportunities in the following environmental career pathways:

  • Ecological restoration
  • Water management
  • Green energy/green building
  • Environmental education

Who is Eligible?

  • Must be 18-29 years of age and currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university program in the GTA
  • Must have immigrated to Canada within the last 10 years (international students are not eligible)
  • The major focus of study must be in the environmental sector (e.g. Environmental science, engineering, education or studies)

What Do Students Receive?

  • Job Search And Corporate Culture Training:
    • Six in-class full-day workshops on Saturdays throughout the semester where you will learn about corporate culture and job search skills in the environmental sector. You will prepare your resumes and perfect interview skills.
  • Online Training:
    • 30 hours of existing Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) online training on job search and communication. Topics: labour market, resume targeting, networking, making a good first impression, teamwork, giving and receiving feedback.
  • Technical Training:
    • Online technical modules covering: low impact development (LID), environmental legislation.
  • Field Trip:
    • To Kortright Centre for Conservation.
  • Experiential Learning Placement:
    • During the reading week, students will be placed with a host employer in one of the four streams for an experiential learning opportunity. The host employer will provide a mentor who will guide a group of five students (per stream) through completion of a real word project.
  • Stipend
    • Students will receive a $500 stipend for their participation in the project to offset travel and other related costs to participation. This will be provided at the end of the semester, pending successful attendance and participation.
  • Employment coaching
    • Six hours of employment coaching will be provided to assist students with job search, applications, and interviews.

Students need to be available on the following dates:

  • Job search and corporate culture training: TBA
  • Field trip: TBA
  • Group project: Students need to be available in person for the full winter reading week.
  • End of program gathering: TBA

To be eligible to apply, applicants must register for and participate in a webinar or in-person information session.

Note: While our database indicates a minimum CLB 6 requirement, this is only an estimate, as there is no formal CLB requirement. However, applicants must have had sufficient English language proficiency to be currently enrolled in a post-secondary college or university program. This program is open to all qualified newcomers and not refugee newcomers only.