Environmental Foreign Talent Development

Preparing International Talent for the Canadian Workforce

Immigrants accounted for two thirds of Canada’s labour force growth between 2016 and 2017, and this proportion is expected to rise to 80% by 2031. But lack of Canadian experience, lack of professional networks, and communication challenges all present barriers to immigrant professionals that leave them unable to leverage their significant training and experience.

As stewards of all aspects of the Canadian environmental workforce, we are committed to helping Canadian newcomers and their potential employers overcome these barriers. Funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program, this program strives to remove the barriers faced by highly-skilled immigrants when attempting to enter the Canadian Environmental workforce.

Program Status: Open to Employers & Participants

Applications are now open for employers and participants. You will need to create or log in to a SurveyMonkey Apply account to apply.

12 week training program available for newcomers to Canada to prepare for a career in the Canadian workforce

About the Environmental Foreign Talent Development Program

Our Environmental Foreign Talent Development Program provides training and funding for new immigrants to help remove the barriers to employment as newcomers to Canada. The program helps them stand out to prospective employers and build a network of peers and mentors.

And for employers, it gives them access to a wealth of talent and experienced professionals by removing perceived limitations and challenges of hiring Canadian immigrants.

How Does the Environmental Foreign Talent Development Program Work?

1. Apply Online

Fill out our eligibility assessment and application.

2. Get Approved

Participants and employers will be informed by email once they are pre-qualified to participate in the program.

3. Training 

Participants will start their training (EPt Designation, Essential Skills Training Certificate, the EP Mentorship Program, and participate in a series of virtual discussions to help support the job search process).

4. Recruitment

Participants and employers are required to find their own placement. Employers will be able to bring their own candidate, or they can select a candidate from our EFTD pre-approved list.

5. Secure Funding 

Funding is secured once a match is confirmed between the employer and a pre-approved candidate and contract agreements have been signed and returned to us within 15 days of being issued. 

6. Receive Funding

This program offers eligible employers 75% wage coverage up to $15,000 of a participant’s salary for placement in a new full-time 3 to 6 month environmental position. Training must be completed, and both the employers and participants must fill out reports throughout the placement for the employer to receive the wage subsidy.

Receive 75% of wage coverage up to $15,000 to help cover full-time placements of 3 to 6 months

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About ECO Canada

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As the steward for the Canadian Environmental workforce across all industries, ECO Canada offers employment programs that stimulate environmental career pathways, skill development, business growth, workforce support and workforce advancement through wage and training funding.

To date, we have distributed over $144M in wage and training subsidies and helped to fill 14,000 job placements!