Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the PAIE Program, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

Please note: we have a limited number of participants that can be accepted into the program and selection of Program Participants is a competitive process. We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Applicants include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, convention refugees and refugee claimants who are eligable to work in Ontario
  • No Canadian work experience (If in regluated profession -Engineering or Geoscience- then we accept less than 1 year work experience in Canada but you must not currently be employed in your field)
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Assessment at a minimum of Level 7 in all four skills areas (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening) obtained within the last 12 months
  • Must be internationally trained with minimum of an undergraduate degree obtained outside of Canada
  • Job search goals must match area of specialization of international work experience
  • Have a minimum of 3 years international work experience in and be targeting one of the specializations or sub-disciplines listed below

*Internationally trained individuals who have completed post-secondary education in Canada, temporary foreign workers, individuals without post-secondary credentials, international students and provincial nominees are NOT eligible for the program. 

Engineering / Geoscience / Planning / Ecology / Green Building / Renewable Energy


Geoscience and Engineering Disciplines:

Geology and Geoscience

Experience conducting geological surveys, field studies, soil/rock core samples, geochemical sampling, erosion/sedimentation analysis, contaminant identification, and/or geological mapping


With large/municipal infrastructure design, construction/field, and/or operation experience


With environmental impact assessment legislation/policies/procedures, contaminated land assessment, mitigation, remediation and/or environmental health and safety experience

Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Groundwater

With field work, monitoring, evaluating, modeling, and/or development experience


With earth retention, foundation support, ground improvement, and/or treatment experience

Surface/Storm Water Management

With modeling, field, construction, operation and maintenance, design, and/or site inspection experience on new, existing, and/or green infrastructure (LID considered an asset)

Water Resources

With surface and/or stormwater, conservation, restoration, and/or management experience

Solid Waste Management

With environmental health and safety, sampling, and/or testing experience


With design, construction, operation, and/or repair of transportation infrastructure experience


With residential, commercial or industrial HVAC, BAS, and/or building controls experience

Energy Management

With energy audit, analysis, and/or modelling experience (CEM, CMVP, ISO 50001 considered assets)


With building services design, construction, and operation experience


With renewable energy generation systems design, construction, operation and/or maintenance experience


With process improvement and energy management industrial experience

Civil, Construction and Architectural

With green building design and construction surveying, field engineering, scheduling, planning, and/or project coordination experience (LEED, BREEAM are considered assets)

GIS Specialists

With conservation or planning experience

Air and Emissions

With air quality field testing, emission inventories, and/or regulatory compliance evaluation experience

Ecology and Related Disciplines:

Environmental Sciences

With environmental impact assessment, environmental site assessment, soil/air quality testing, environmental/ecological monitoring, and/or environmental management experience

Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology

With field and lab research experience testing ecosystem functions, biodiversity, ecological processes, soil/water quality, and/or wildlife monitoring; and knowledge of fish species and other flora/fauna of southern Ontario and Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP)

Watershed Planning

With water quality monitoring, watershed management, conservation, planning and/or design experience


With experience developing sustainability policies, standards, and targets for air, water, waste, and/or energy systems

Environmental Education

With experience coordinating and leading outdoor environmental education programs for diverse groups of all ages; Ontario Certified Teacher is an asset.

Environmental Management Systems/ISO 14001

With experience in environmental management policies, environmental strategies, sustainable development, resource conservation, and working knowledge of IS0 14001

Planning and Related Disciplines:

Urban Planning & Urban Design

With planning and design experience for zoning, subdivisions, transportation and development

Environmental Planning

With EA review experience and/or planning and design experience for environmental, restoration, and conservation projects

Community Planning

With planning and design experience for community facilities, parks, zoning, subdivisions, transportation and public utilities