Canadian Jobs: Going Green

green-jobsWhile business booms in Canada, the environment is also being given a front seat.  One example of this is BioTalent’s announcement of its wage-subsidy initiative that will offer over 100 new graduates the opportunity to take a green job.  The initiative is monetary and will be in the form of more than $1.1 million in salaries to encourage them to take work in this field.

The program – federally funded – is also intended to reduce youth unemployment.  By encouraging those looking for work to seek gainful employment in often-less explored industries, including both biotech and the environment.   This is just one of many initiatives the non-profit HR association has engaged in since 2005, having assisted more than 400 new biotech graduates find employment.

BioTalent is not alone in its efforts toward Canada’s boost in the green workforce and an overall commitment to enhancing the environment.  Just last week, Catherine McKenna, the country’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Erik Solheim, UN Environment Chief, announced that Canada is to be hosting next year’s World Environment Day.  This environment-led global event is the largest environmental celebration that takes place in June each year and enjoys the participation of thousands of communities around the world.  However, it will be Canada that will be making use of the day to “showcase to the world the beauty of its natural environment on land and water.”  As McKenna noted: “The Canadian spirit of collaboration is only one of the reasons Canada is a natural choice to host World Environment Day. World Environment Day will be an important part of Canada 150 celebrations. On June 5, 2017, we will blend Canadians’ pride in our environment with our determination to address climate change challenges. We are looking forward to showing the world the made-in-Canada approaches that will make our country cleaner and more competitive for businesses.”

With the above initiatives as well as the first ever upcoming gathering of the UN agency in Montreal to ratify the climate deal regarding the aviation sector and the sixth consecutive year of the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program now in place, Canada is well on the way to boosting its environmental sustainability.