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Media Contacts

Lindsay Byers

Press Secretary
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
lindsay.byers@gov.bc.ca

Lori Cascaden

Communications Manager
Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
lori.cascaden@gov.bc.ca
778 698-2892

Backgrounders

StrongerBC Future Leaders program: Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation

The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, in partnership with Innovate BC and the Digital Technology Supercluster, will invest $22 million for a minimum of 4,500 training spots and internships in two programs.

The Innovator Skills Initiative program, under B.C.’s Crown agency, Innovate BC, will receive $15 million for a minimum of 3,000 internships for those under-represented in the labour market to get their first job in the tech sector or a tech-enabled position in another sector. The program is expected to start accepting applications in summer 2021. Applications will be open until the funds are disbursed.

The StrongerBC Future Leaders program will be expanded to include those who have completed some form of recognized industry-approved training. Funding will be provided to eligible businesses hiring Indigenous, Black, people of colour and under-represented young people into an internship program with the aim of providing long-term employment opportunities.

An additional $7 million is being invested with the Digital Technology Supercluster to support the expansion of the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator program within B.C. This funding will enable the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator program to support 1,400 to 2,000 Indigenous, Black, people of colour and under-represented B.C. youth in a 15-week, online skills training program.

The Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator program is delivered by NPower Canada and supported by Microsoft. The program helps young adults develop skills to prepare them for a range of different job opportunities and support them to earn industry certification through the junior data analyst program. Additional information is available through NPower Canada's website. Youth can apply to the program starting May 5, 2021.

Media Contacts

Lori Cascaden

Communications Manager
Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
lori.cascaden@gov.bc.ca
778 698-2892
StrongerBC Future Leaders program: Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development will provide approximately $11.4 million under the StrongerBC Future Leaders program for about 220 seasonal employment opportunities at various locations throughout British Columbia.

These ministry jobs will help people gain valuable work experience. The jobs will also improve recreation sites and trails in and around many communities throughout the province.

The funding is divided between two ministry programs:

  • $8.7 million for about 160 jobs in the ministry’s Natural Resource Youth Employment program; and
  • $2.7 million to build on the Recreation Site and Trails Youth Employment program that started in 2020 with $500,000. The additional funding for Recreation Sites and Trails will create about 65 jobs.

People hired for the Natural Resource Youth Employment program will work on projects such as community wildfire prevention, invasive species management and improving forest management and health.

Jobs will be located around the province and will be a combination of new positions over the next nine to 12 months, including summer and fall co-op positions, intern positions and auxiliary hires. The postings will include new opportunities and/or recall/eligibility lists. Opportunities will be made available through post-secondary institutions and the B.C. government job postings website.

Recreation Sites and Trails projects will include maintenance and improvements to various forestry campsites and trails throughout the province, including upgrades to hiking, mountain biking and all-terrain vehicle trails. Jobs will be located around the province. Opportunities will be posted on the B.C. government job postings website.

Media Contacts

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Media Relations
250 213-8172
StrongerBC Future Leaders program: Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Young people who may be looking for careers in natural resources, shoreline protection, parks planning and other environmental fields will have opportunities through the newly announced StrongerBC Future Leaders Program for positions with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

The program focuses on diversity and inclusion, hiring young people from under-represented groups who may face employment barriers.

Up to 180 young people will be tackling the growing problem of marine debris and plastic pollution as part of the Clean Coast, Clean Waters initiative supporting coastal communities, including Indigenous communities where youth will be employed in stewardship activities, shoreline cleanups, traditional food gathering and infrastructure repairs. New funding of $5 million will support projects that focus on youth employment. 

A $4-million investment will provide youth employment in BC Parks and the BC Conservation Officer Service. Thirty-seven young people will work with BC Parks, including 26 regional intern positions and 11 co-op positions with the BC Parks Provincial Services Branch. Young people employed in positions with BC Parks will receive mentoring from staff and will work in a variety of specialized fields including parks planning, community engagement and education, conservation, recreation services and administration.

Forty-six young people will work with the Conservation Officer Service. In these positions, participants will develop new skills to assist in career planning, such as protecting the natural environment and working on projects to strengthen ties with Indigenous communities.

Opportunities with the BC Conservation Officer Service include supporting public education and outreach with roles such as wildlife safety response officers who promote wildlife safety and the importance of removing food attractants to reduce the potential of human-wildlife conflict. 

Twenty-eight young people will join the Conservation Officer Service Aquatic Invasive Species program to help conservation officers check watercraft as part of the Province’s Invasive Mussel Defence program.  

The postings for BC Parks regional intern positions will be included on the B.C. government job postings website. Applicants must be enrolled in full-time studies at an accredited post-secondary educational institution within the past six months to qualify. The BC Parks Provincial Services Branch co-op positions are posted with local academic institutions. Applicants must be registered with the co-op program.

Conservation Officer Service positions will initially be drawn from an existing list of candidates with a potential second phase of hiring later this spring. For more information on the Conservation Officer Service and job opportunities, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/natural-resource-law-enforcement/conservation-officer-service

For information on youth employment opportunities with BC Parks, visit: https://bcparks.ca/yep/

The Clean Coast, Clean Waters program will have a separate community-based hiring process. As the program gets underway in the coming weeks, partner agencies will be able to provide further details to young people interested in applying to the clean-up program. Government will announce the partner agencies and provide further information on the work opportunities available in the near future.

Media Contacts

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Media Relations
250 953-3834
Mitacs internships help student researchers tackle real-word problems

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training’s investment in research internships will connect post-secondary students throughout British Columbia with industry partners to gain real-world experience that will help them move on to good careers while helping build B.C.’s post COVID-19 economy.  

The ministry has invested $1 million into key internal program placements to help hundreds of students create innovative solutions for the B.C. businesses, not-for-profit organizations and communities that are addressing challenges in the health, technology and other sectors. This is in addition to the $1.8 million provided in 2019-20, for a total investment of $2.18 million over two years. 

The paid internships are administered through Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization that builds partnerships between undergraduate and graduate student researchers, post-secondary institutions, industry, not-for-profit organizations and communities.

Examples of current internships include:

  • a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Northern British Columbia who is working with BC Biocarbon to research a carbon-neutral replacement for coal in high-temperature combustion uses;
  • a PhD student from Simon Fraser University who researched the characterization of stabilized lithium ion batteries for Nano One Materials Corporation that developed a scalable process for producing low-cost, high-performance cathode powders used in lithium ion batteries; and
  • a University of Victoria student who researched the impacts of small vessels on cetaceans, such as whales, dolphins and porpoises, in the Salish Sea with the Wild 4 Whales Foundation.

Mitacs has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada since 1999. It works with 70 post-secondary institutions and more than 6,000 companies, as well as federal and provincial governments, to build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

This funding builds on government’s commitment to building B.C.’s knowledge economy. Other investments include 2,900 new tech-related spaces in post-secondary institutions throughout B.C.; a $15.75-million graduate scholarship fund (the largest investment in the province’s history in terms of grad scholarships); ongoing capital project investments to improve learning spaces across the post-secondary landscape; and the new B.C. Access Grant. 

More information about Mitacs:

  • Since 2017, government has invested $17.8 million for Mitacs internships.
  • Over the past 20 years, Mitacs has supported more than 20,000 research projects, trained more than 33,000 student and post-doctoral career-skills participants and supported more than 3,600 international research collaborations.
  • Since 2007, provincial funding has supported approximately 3,500 research projects, more than 3,700 interns and more than 8,200 internships (an intern can complete more than one internship) in B.C.
  • Government funding supports three Mitacs programs to benefit students and industry:
    • Accelerate: Provides a minimum of four-month collaborative research internships with industry for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.
    • Elevate: Provides two-year collaborative post-doctoral fellowships with industry, with a special focus on advancing research management and professional skills.
    • Globalink: Provides travel funding for internships between Canada and several international partners, such as Brazil, France, India and Mexico. This program is largely on hold due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Media Contacts

Jennifer Fernandes

Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training
250 952-6400
StrongerBC Future Leaders program funding

Four B.C. ministries are investing almost $45 million in the StrongerBC Future Leaders program to provide training and employment opportunities to more than 5,000 youth and young adults throughout British Columbia.

The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation will invest $22 million for a minimum of 4,500 training spots and internships in two programs, in partnership with Innovate BC and the Digital Technology Supercluster.

The Natural Resource Youth Employment program will invest over $11 million for over 220 jobs in the Natural Resource Youth Employment program, and the Recreation Sites and Trails program.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is investing $9.6 million into two programs to hire approximately 265 youth into seasonal jobs.

The first program, the Clean Coast, Clean Waters initiative, will receive $5 million for about 180 youth to undertake marine shoreline cleanup by removing waste, including plastics and derelict vessels, from coastal communities.

The second program will invest $4 million to create 37 positions with BC Parks and 46 positions with the Conservation Officer Service to work in a variety of fields to gain experience and help protect the environment.

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training has invested $1 million into Mitacs for key internal program placements. This is in addition to the $1.8 million provided in 2019-20, for a total investment of $2.18 million over two years. 

The paid internships are administered through Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization that builds partnerships between undergraduate and graduate student researchers, post-secondary institutions, industry, not-for-profit organizations and communities.