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SEED Youth Employment Program

Are you unemployed, under 30 and motivated to work?

SEED - Sustainable Employment & Environmental Directions - is a government funded program to help unemployed youth in the lower mainland find and keep a full-time job.

Many SEED participants have limited work experience. Some are even looking to get their first job. Many are new to Canada and most have limited education, either here or from their home country. SEED participants share a common goal of wanting to improve their lives by increasing their employment skills and finding steady employment.

SEED can:

  • Help you get into the local labour market
  • Open doors to future career success
  • Prepare you to contribute and support environmentally responsible practices in the workplace through integrated green education



SEED participants are paid minimum wage while attending the 5-week classroom training.  Additional supports are available for transportation. 

To celebrate personal success, a financial bonus is paid to participants who fully complete the SEED program.



To apply for SEED you MUST be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive)
  • Unemployed and seeking FULL TIME employment
  • Out of school and not participating in another government funded training program
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or have an open EI claim.
  • In need of assistance in order to overcome employment barriers



  • 5 weeks of classroom training
  • 12-weeks of paid work experience placement with an employer

Classroom Time | Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm



Participants Receive:

  • Pre-employment skills
  • Short term occupational certificate training – can be customized
  • Job search strategies and support
  • Environmental responsibility education    



Douglas College – New Surrey Training Site

13769 - 104th Avenue (Beside Long & McQuade)




Interested?  Please attend an Information Session to apply on one of these dates:

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday, April 4, 2019         1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


To confirm your spot at an Information Session: 


Call or text 778-389-2769


Is your business hiring?

Employers interested in hosting a SEED participant for a 12-week work experience can complete an Application Form for the position you wish to fill and email it to


This program is funded in part through the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy - Skills Link Program