Eco Employment Programs

Wage funding is now available when hiring for STEM & Natural Resources roles. Eligible employers can receive up to 80% of the salary for a young professional under the age of 31 when hiring for full-time roles in the natural resources sector, or for roles that have a positive environmental impact.

Over the next decade the demand for environmental skill and roles are expected to increase, due to replacement demand, new investment in clean technologies, sustainability and climate change adoption. This means that local organizations need to shift priorities and find talent that can support these important trends. Eco Canada can offer you the dollars to increase organization capacity and support your businesses participation in the green economy by providing the following benefits for employers:

  • Increase work capacity
  • Access talented youth with new ideas & skills
  • Increase employee retention
  • Reduce staff training costs
  • Strengthen overall business operations
  • Support the growth of new qualified environmental workers

Placements are limited, interested employers should learn more and apply as soon as possible.

Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)

The Canada Recovery Hiring Program provides support to eligible employers that continue to experience qualifying declines in revenues relative to before the pandemic. The program offsets a portion of the extra costs employers take on as they reopen, either by increasing wages or hours worked or hiring more staff.

This support is available for active employees and availability has now been extended to May 7, 2022. The aim is to make it as easy as possible for businesses to hire new workers as the economy reopens.

The Hiring Program will help eligible employers hire the workers they need so that the economy can fully recover more quickly and without leaving people behind.

You can find more information and updates on this program here.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages using Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations. This subsidy is available until June 5, 2021, but if you missed the deadline for a claim period, you may now submit a request to apply for the missed subsidy (or increase your previously-claimed subsidy amount) which will be considered under certain circumstances. Click here to get more information and see if your business qualifies for this subsidy.

Locally, you can contact Joan Schielbelbein, Associate Program Director at WorkBC Centre and Open Door Group in Sechelt for support:

Community-Employer Partnerships

Depending on your business and the role that you will play in the community after recovery, you may be eligible for funding and support through a Community-Employer Partnership. Click here for more information on these WorkBC programs and eligibility.

Locally, the WorkBC Centre Sechelt can help you navigate this program and consult with you on your eligibility. For more information contact Joan Schielbelbein, Associate Program Director at

Hiring and Rehiring

As business starts to get back to the “new normal” this winter we are adapting to new regulations for safe operations, and you may need to rehire your previous staff, but also and potentially look for new staff that have different skills or can meet new job requirements for your business.

If you haven’t already identified your immediate and long-term staffing needs, there are a few organizations on the Sunshine Coast dedicated to helping you through this process. These groups can also help you with writing job descriptions, advertising your job posting, screening potential candidates, and conducting interviews, as well as support new recruits with job site readiness, depending on your needs.

WorkBC Centre Sechelt is a great place to start and their staff can also help you identify any Provincial programs you might be eligible for.

Visit the WorkBC website here for more information.

Praxis Group is a recruiting agency specializing in rural areas with operations on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons. They provide recruitment support for their clients including sourcing, screening, advertising, interviewing, and hiring negotiations. Visit the Praxis group website here for more information.


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