Women in Forestry – 2021
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Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) believes in a society that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests and the great outdoors. PLT Canada is an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), who advances sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. For more information visit our website: pltcanada.org
Green Jobs for youth, funding for employers
PLT Canada offers a 50% Green Jobs wage match to hire youth ages 15–30. A Green Job is one that supports nature-based solutions for a more sustainable planet, such as positions in the forest, conservation and parks sectors.
Since 2018, PLT Canada has placed youth in over 3,500 Green Jobs across Canada through the SFI and Canadian Parks Council networks, and supported over 200 employers with funding from the government of Canada. We have also helped place over 500 Indigenous youth from over 80 different First Nations in Green Jobs and achieved gender balance in placements year after year.
One third of the forest sector’s workforce is set to retire in the next decade, and mentorship can help inspire and recruit the next generation of forest and conservation leaders. PLT Canada’s mentorship programs can help youth overcome barriers to employment, and Green Jobs mentors have gained new perspectives, developed leadership skills, and met potential future employees.
SFI awards community grants for collaborative community-based projects, activities, or events that support SFI’s efforts to connect communities to forests. Projects supported have included providing educators with tools to showcase green career pathways with students, incorporating Indigenous knowledge into forest management planning and education curriculum, and building youth engagement in outdoor education and conservation projects.
Young people are the future leaders of the forest and conservation sector, and PLT Canada and SFI are committed to supporting them along their green career pathways. With our professional skill development services, mentorship programs, and financial supports, we can help youth—including those in rural, urban, and Indigenous communities and newcomers to Canada—overcome barriers to employment.