UNA-Canada's initiative to bridge youth with barriers to meaningful employment, broaden their environmental understanding and ignite Canada's green economy.
The United Nations Association in Canada is building on 20+ years of success through its Green Spaces programme, designed to provide Canadian youth with 4-month experiential learning opportunities in the green economy.
Green Spaces (GS) places youth with barriers to employment in positions that provide professional development training and will elevate their knowledge, passion, and experience of working in the green economy. GS participants will undertake 8 to 16-week work-integrated learning placements with organisations in a variety of sectors across Canada.
Reduce youth un- and underemployment in Canada
Facilitate young Canadians in developing a more nuanced understanding of issues related to environmental sustainability, natural resource development and management, and green growth opportunities
Expand Canada’s network of young professionals in the green economy
Contribute to Canada’s commitments on climate and environment through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
"Green Spaces has provided the resources necessary for my placement to be successful,
it was integral to the quality of my experience."
– Denise, Green Spaces Participant hosted by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Vancouver, British Columbia
With such a heavy reliance on technology, I find that we often remain indoors, especially in school and work settings. This detaches us from our environment, making environmental sustainability more difficult to understand and achieve. By working in the natural setting, I believe value will be added to environmental sustainability and that all students coming out of Green Spaces will obtain a much more clear and thorough understanding of its importance and need in Canada.
Green Spaces Participant