Green jobs for youth – Canada needs to get the word out

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Published on: October 31, 2020

National Observer / Mark Chapeskie / 30 October 2020

I read Brennan Strandberg-Salmon’s opinion piece in Canada’s National Observer with interest. His point is timely and well taken; an equitable economic recovery absolutely depends on supporting youth, and those who already faced barriers to employment before the pandemic, find meaningful work in the green economy.

However, the article, which calls repeatedly for creating a green jobs strategy for youth, gives the impression that scarce action is being taken in this direction. In fact, Canada has developed the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), which crosses 11 federal departments and agencies and provides funding for youth, and specifically those facing barriers to employment, to enter the labour market.