Discovering Potential Program

By mmuise

The Discovering Potential Program supports employers who provide youth with green work experience through internships and on-the-job training. Positions in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and/or relating to electricity, renewable energy, environment, and natural resources can qualify.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a subsidy of up to 75% of a participant’s wages, to a maximum of $24,000 per participant.

Deadline: March 31, 2024

The placement organization (either an employer or training provider) must:

  • operate in one or more of the following areas:
    a) Generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity;
    b) Clean Energy Technology;
    c) Carbon and Climate Change Mitigation;
    d) Sector support including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, and energy efficiency;
    e) Renewables/Green Energy;
    f) Energy Efficiency, fuel switching, and green building;
    g) Transmission, smart grid, energy storage;
    h) Engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary for electricity;
    i) Sustainable development of non-renewable resources;
    j) Resource Conservation;
    k) Environmental Protection;
    l) Sustainable Planning/Urban Design;
    m) Alternative/Sustainable Transportation;
    n) Green Manufacturing, Green Services or Green Retail;
    o) Other sectors in the environmental economy;
  • be classified as one of the following:
    a) Academic organization;
    b) Indigenous organization;
    c) Not-for-profit organization;
    d) Industry;
    e) Municipal, provincial, or territorial government;
    f) Utility.
    To be eligible, the youth participant must:
    a) be between 15 and 30 years (inclusive) of age;
    b) be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada;
    c) be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations;
    d) not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits;
    e ) not be currently enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies;
    f) be Currently un- or under-employed.
Application Steps:

Applicants must apply via the Funding For Futures Platform. The platform will take users through a step-by-step application and documentation process in an interactive, web-based environment when applying, monitoring, and managing their wage subsidy application.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. employer/Training Organization Eligibility Form and Participant Eligibility Form;
2. a signed contract;
3. a Learning Plan;
4. Employer/Training Organization Evaluation Questionnaire;
5. Participant Reflection Questionnaire.

Other Things to Note:

1. The Discovering Potential Program is now fully committed for fiscal year 2023/24. Please send your interest in accessing the program to to be added to the program waitlist should additional funding become available.
2. Electricity Human Resources Canada is Natural Resources Canada's, Employment an Social Development Canada's, and Environment and Climate Change Canada's delivery partner.

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