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Employment Subsidy for Food Processing, Forestry and Other Bio-Economic Sectors
The Science Horizon Internship Program is advertising 80% up to $25,000 in grant funding to hire post-secondary graduates for internships in clean technology related jobs.
“Clean technology” includes any process, good, or service that reduces environmental impacts through:
- Activities which prevent, reduce or eliminate pollution or any other degradation of the environment
- Resource management activities resulting in more efficient use of natural resources, thus safeguarding against their depletion; or
- The use of goods that have been adapted to be significantly less energy or resource intensive than the industry standard
The program also offers up to $5,000 towards skills development, training costs, and/or other employment needs.
Subsidized interns must 30 years old or younger, have graduated from a recognized post-secondary program and currently unemployed or under employed. Interns must also be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have been granted refugee status. Internships are to be full-time positions (i.e., 35 hours per week) and 6-12 months in duration.
Funding to Reduce GHG Emissions while Improving Processing and Growing Efficiencies
Canada’s Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Adoption Stream will contribute 50% up to $2 in non-repayable (grant) funding towards investments in commercially available clean technologies and processes with a priority given to those that show evidence of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and other environmental co-benefits. Areas of eligible investment include but not limited to:
- Green energy and energy efficiency including better management of energy intensive processes and technologies.
- Precision agriculture including management strategies that gather, process, and analyze data; and decision support tools and technologies that improve real time input use and nutrient management.
- Bioeconomics including technologies using agricultural waste and by-products for energy and bio-product generation.
Eligible costs include equipment purchases, consulting, project administration (maximum 10% of total project costs) and project-related salaries and wages. Minimum applicant investment is $50,000 over 5 years (i.e., to 2026). This program is available to Canadian food processors as well as farmers. The total program budget is $100 million over 5 years. Funding will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.
Support for Canadian Manufacturers to Reduce Their Environmental Footprint
Canada’s Youth Employed in Natural Resources program will contribute 80% up to $25,000 towards hiring an intern 30 years or younger. Funding is available for businesses and organizations working in the natural resource sectors to protect the environment, or within a business or organization that works towards positive environmental outcomes (e.g., component manufacturer for electric vehicles). Qualifying sectors and positions include but not limited to:
- Forestry: forestry and support activities; ecology & management; non-traditional forest-based bioeconomy products manufacturing; solid wood product manufacturing; pulp & paper product manufacturing
- Energy: clean energy technology; energy efficiency/fuel switching; transmission, smart grid, energy storage; sustainable development of non-renewable resources
- Mining, Minerals & Metals: prospecting & exploration; processing & manufacturing, construction & development; mining supply & services; extraction & milling; reclamation closure & maintenance
- Earth Sciences & Support: environmental assessment; natural hazard risk analysis & prevention; environmental protection; geomatics & earth observation; sustainable development
As well as being 30 years old or younger, the intern must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status the intern plus be unemployed, under employed, or a student/recent graduate.
The work placement length must be full-time (i.e., 30+ hours/week) employment and end around February 28, 2022. Funding is extremely limited.
FUNDING RETROACTIVE TO MAY 20, 2021
The Alberta Jobs Now Program will contribute 25% up to $25,000 towards hiring and training unemployed and/or underemployed Albertans (i.e. currently working less than 30 hours a week). Positions must be full-time (30+ hours/week), lasting a minimum of 52 weeks. Supported instruction is to be relevant to the job position, delivered by a third-party either online, onsite or in a classroom. Eligible expenses include course/tuition/student fees, as well as associated textbooks, software, materials and examination costs. Training must start and be completed within the duration of the grant and, if possible, occur in Alberta. Applicants can request funding for up to 20 employees per intake session. There are 3 intake sessions: May 20-August 31, 2021, September 15- December 31, 2021, and a third intake to be later announced if support remains. Candidates are to be hired within 120 days of the announced session but not before May 20, 2021. Up to two new hire replacements are allowed per funded position. Funding is limited and offered on a first come first served basis.
UP TO $100,000 FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES
The Agri-tech Innovation Program is allocating $22 million to two funding streams:
- The Early Adopters stream will contribute 35% up to $100,000 towards the cost of purchasing advanced production and automation technologies which have yet to be widely adopted by processors or producers. These technologies are to enhance the health and safety of workers plus improve efficiency and productivity. (e.g., advanced technologies for optical grading and sorting system in vegetable processing or automated, robotic vineyard pruning machines). This stream is designed for significant projects with a minimum value of $150,000. Applications will be available May 17 until June 21, 2021.
- The Innovators stream will focus on truly innovative projects, where the innovation is new to Ontario, North America or the specific sector (e.g., prototyping/customization of an autonomous farm harvesting equipment). The projects will involve piloting or demonstrating the technology and will need to be a collaboration between at least two businesses/organizations. More details to follow. Applications will be available June 22, 2021.
Funding is open to Ontario farmers, producers and processors. Details regarding timing for eligible costs (e.g., need to wait for approval before incurring) and definition of novelty are forthcoming. However, we suggest deferring any payments of possible eligible costs until more details are given. Moreover, based on previous programs, “novelty” will be defined as the technology having been adopted by less than 10% of an applicant’s direct competitors. Lastly, we recommend applying as soon as funding come available as we suspect support will be granted on a first come first serve basis.
Receive up to $56,000 to Hire 2 Interns
Canada’s Digital Tech Internships program will contribute up to $28,000 towards an intern’s salary and training expenses. Of the contribution up to $4,000 can be used for intern training during the internship, and the remaining $24,000, up to 100%, can be allocated towards the intern’s salary. Examples of intern training include, but are not limited to, software development, data processing, business or project management, leadership, critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration, and communication for business skills. This training can be provided by Canadian colleges and institutes, online learning providers, professional development workshops, or through formal in-house training (up to $2,000).
Eligible Internship positions include: coding and programming, artificial intelligence, automation, big data, cybersecurity, robotics, digital media and design, video game and production editing, digital marketing and information technology, etc. Positions need to be up to 6 months in duration and a minimum of 30 per week.
Interns must be between 15-30 years old, post-secondary school graduates (not required for the Territories), Canadian citizens, permanent residences or refugees.
Applicants need to be Canadian businesses with 500 or less employees or not-for-profits plus have a payroll system capable of receiving direct deposits from the funder. A maximum of two internships per applicant is permitted.
Deadline for applications is Friday, May 21, 2021.