Employer Funding Options

Environment Canada

EcoAction Community Funding Program

Name of Grant: EcoAction Community Funding Program
Website: http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction/default.asp?lang=En&n=FA475FEB-1

Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to community groups for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. Projects must address one of Environment Canada’s national environmental priorities including clean air, climate change, clean water and nature. Funding support may be requested for projects that have an action focus to improve the environment and/or to increase environmental awareness and capacity in the community.

Financial Support:
Funding is available up to a maximum of $100,000 per project. For every dollar you receive from the Government of Canada, including the EcoAction Community Funding Program, you must obtain at least the same amount from non-federal government partners. This includes cash contributions and in-kind support.

Eligibility Criteria:
Groups eligible to receive funding through the EcoAction Community Funding Program are non-profit groups and organizations that are not part of federal, provincial, territorial or municipal governments (with the exception of hamlet councils). Businesses, educational institutions and government are encouraged to partner with non-profit organizations.

Contact your Environment Canada Regional Office at least one month ahead of the November 1 application deadline. 4905 Dufferin Street, Toronto ON M3H 5T4
Phone: 416-739-4734 or 1-800-661-7785 (toll-free)
Fax: 416-739-4235
Email: ecoaction.on@ec.gc.ca

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

Name of Grant:Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk
Website: http://www.ec.gc.ca/hsp-pih/default.asp?lang=En&n=59BF488F-1

The Habitat Stewardship Program allocates funds to projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats and help to preserve biodiversity. These funds promote the participation of local communities to help with the recovery of species at risk and prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.

Selected projects protect or conserve habitats for species listed as "at risk" (endangered, threatened, or of special concern), under the Species at Risk Act. These activities must take place on private lands, provincial Crown lands, Aboriginal lands, or in aquatic and marine areas across Canada. The program also fosters partnerships among organizations interested in the recovery of species at risk.

Financial Support:
Funding usually ranges from $30,000 to $100,000 per year. Projects may extend over more than one year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • non-governmental organizations
  • community groups
  • Aboriginal organizations and communities
  • private corporations
  • educational institutions
  • provincial, territorial and municipal governments
  • crown corporations

4905 Dufferin Street
Downsview, Ontario M3H 5T4
Phone: (416) 739-4734
or 1-800-661-7785 (toll-free)
Fax: (416) 739-4235
E-mail: edf-fde.on@ec.gc.ca
*Applications are due by November 6, 2010.

Environmental Damages Fund

Website: http://www.ec.gc.ca/edf-fde/default.asp?lang=En&n=C5BAD261-1

Primarily supports the restoration of natural resources and environment, and wildlife conservation projects in the same geographic area where the damage originally occurred. The EDF also supports research and development on environmental damage assessment and restoration, and education on pollution prevention and the restoration of natural resources.

Financial Support:
Funding is dependent on the amount of monies available in the EDF, (through court-awards, voluntary payments, etc.), as well as the location for which the funds apply (i.e. in what province and in what community or geographic area). The maximum contribution allowed for one project is $5,000,000; however, average funds available in one area at any given time are generally less than $100,000. Check out what funds are available in your area by visiting our website at www.ec.gc.ca/edf-fde.

Eligibility Criteria:
Funding may be provided to non-profit groups (e.g. community-based environmental groups), Aboriginal communities and organizations (e.g. First Nation Councils, Inuit, and Métis Associations), universities, and provincial, territorial and municipal governments.

Individuals, businesses, and federal government departments and agencies are not eligible applicants but are encouraged to partner with eligible organizations.

4905 Dufferin Street
Downsview, Ontario M3H 5T4
Phone: (416) 739-4734 or 1-800-661-7785 (toll-free)
Fax: (416) 739-4235
Email: edf-fde.on@ec.gc.ca

Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

Website: http://www.ec.gc.ca/sci_hor/index.html

This collaborative effort with Canadian universities, the private sector and other non-government organizations offers promising young scientists and post-secondary graduates hands-on experience working on environmental projects under the mentorship and coaching of experienced scientists and program managers. Youth across Canada obtain practical work experience in environmental projects in areas such as climate and ecosystem research, wildlife research and management, ecological monitoring and assessment and the development of scientific tools such as standards and guidelines of environmental quality. Youth placements last from 6 months to 10 months, and will be awarded across Canada.

Financial Support:
A maximum of $12,000 per placement. Employers must provide a minimum of 30% of the eligible cost of the project. Project costs must be only those costs associated with the Youth's involvement in the project.

Eligible costs may include any of the following:

  • salaries, wages and related expenses of interns such as statutory employee benefits;
  • operating expenses such as travel, training, utilities, materials and supplies, rental of premises, disbursement for research and technical studies.

It is expected the major cost of any project would be the salary or wages paid to the interns. Central administrative costs are NOT eligible costs.

Eligibility Criteria not listed on webpage.

Science Horizons Youth Internship Program,
Environment Canada
4905 Dufferin Street,
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5T4
Fax: (416)-739-4804

Other Sources

Ontario Ministry of Revenue

Name of Grant:The Co-operative Education Tax Credit
Website: http://www.rev.gov.on.ca/english/credit/cetc/

The Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC) is a refundable tax credit. The CETC is available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university or college. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of Ontario through the federal income tax system.

Financial Support:
The CETC is based on salaries and wages paid to a student in a co-operative education work placement. The maximum credit for each work placement is $3,000. Most work placements are for a minimum employment period of 10 weeks up to a maximum of four months.

Eligibility Criteria:
Ontario businesses that hire students enrolled in a post-secondary co-operative education program are eligible for the CETC.

Science Career Services will contact you at the end of the co-op work term to provide you with the documentation required.

The National Research Council of Canada

Name of Grant:Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

Research and Technology Development Activities - Provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to help them develop technologies for competitive advantage.

Financial Support:
Financial support may be provided for an eligible research and development project, supporting up to 100 per cent of salary costs associated with the project, or up to 75 per cent of contractor fees.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a small and medium-sized enterprise in Canada, incorporated and profit-oriented
  • Have 500 or less full-time equivalent employees
  • Have the objective to grow and generate profits through development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada

The potential client must contact one of our Industrial Technology Advisors who work directly with many of our smaller clients to develop a technical proposal.
To engage with NRC-IRAP, and to reach one of our Industrial Technology Advisors located in your community, please call toll-free at 1-877-994-4727

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

Name of Grant: National Environmental Youth Corp (NEYC)

Website: http://www.eco.ca

The goal of the programs is to support employers with hiring young environmental practitioners by providing a wage-subsidy to an intern’s salary. The end goal of the program is to have the intern employed in a full time long term position with the host organization.

Financial Support:
The NEYC program provides a 33% wage subsidy to a maximum of $8000.00.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary
  • Offer a full-time position for a minimum of 6 months with the intention to hire the intern into a full time position at the end of the subsidy period
  • Offer a new position that has a significant environmental component
  • Hire a new employee (cannot be an existing employee)
  • Have not accessed another federally funded wage subsidy for the position
  • If applying for the International EYC, the host organization must provide the intern
  • exposure to one or more of the international components listed on the application form

For more assistance or information, please contact the EYC Project Coordinator at eyc@eco.ca or contact us at (403) 233-0748.

Mitacs - Accelerate

Name of Grant:Mitacs - Accelerate
Website: http://www.mitacsinternships.ca

A national internship program which connects companies and other organizations with the vast research expertise in Canada’s universities from applied sciences, engineering, social sciences and business to arts, life sciences and much more. The conduit between the partner company and the university is a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow under the guidance of a professor. The intern spends approximately half of his/her time over a minimum four-month period on site with the partner, gaining a better understanding of the research issue in question and collecting data. The balance of the intern’s time is spent at the university, further advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

Financial Support:
For each four-month internship unit, the company contributes $7,500 which is matched by MITACS through the support of federal and provincial funding partners. Longer projects (8, 12, 16, 20 months etc) are possible and simply require more funding from the partner company which is also matched by the program.

Per four month unit, the intern receives a minimum stipend of $10,000 with the remaining $5,000 supporting other costs associated with the research.

Eligibility Criteria:
Under the Accelerate program, partner organizations should be for-profit companies. There are a limited number of internships available with other organizations, including hospitals, government labs and agencies and not-for-profit societies.

Please contact Jennifer MacLean Director, Business development at 519-697-2258 or email at  jmaclean@mitacs.ca.

Service Canada

Name of Grant: Career Focus
Website: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/youth/careerfocus.shtml

Provides funding for employers to offer post-secondary graduates opportunities to obtain career-related work experience. The objective of this program is to help youth acquire advanced employment skills and facilitate their transition to a rapidly changing labour market. This program connects youth with employers who can provide them with career-related work experience.

Financial Support:
Not listed on webpage.

Eligibility Criteria:
To qualify for Career Focus, participants must be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive);
  • post-secondary graduates;
  • out of school;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have refugee status;
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations; and not in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits.

Contribution recipients can be a business, an organization (such as a not-for-profit, professional, or labour organizations, or employers), institutions (public health or educational), band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations, or municipal governments.

For more information and to apply, interested business and organizations should:
Call: 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232), TTY: 1-800-926-9105;

Visit the How do I apply for career opportunities under Career Focus? page in the For Youth and Students section of the Service Canada Website; or visit a Service Canada Centre.

TD Group Financial Services

Name of Grant: Friends of the Environment Fund

Website: http://www.fef.td.com/funding.jsp

Description: The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national organization, formed by TD Bank Financial Group, with a grassroots focus that funds local projects dedicated to preserving the environment.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Organizations must be Canadian, using the funds in Canada and they must be not-for-profit with a Charitable Registration Number
  • Schools, municipalities and First Nations groups are also eligible
  • Organizations must be able to provide a charitable tax-receipt for the full amount of donation

General Inquiries: 1-800-361-5333
Email: tdfef@td.com