Are you a farmer looking to hire and mentor a young, new, or aspiring farmer?
The Youth Employment and Skills Program is providing funding for the creation of agricultural internships to youth and youth facing barriers. This is a program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and employers across the agriculture sector may apply for funding to hire Canadians, age 15 to 30.
Approved projects will be eligible to receive 50% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum of $14,000 in matching funds. For those hiring youth facing barriers, 80 percent of total eligible costs up to $14, 000 may be received.
Read more about this program and eligibility requirements here: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/youth-employment-and-skills-program/?id=1557778999519
If you have already hired for this season, this funding can still be available – it may be used to support projects beginning on April 1st or later. Applications will be accepted until December 2019, or until the program is full, so best apply soon!
Young Agrarians facilitates an apprenticeship program for new, young, and aspiring farmers. If you are hosting a farm apprenticeship in the prairie provinces, or are interested in hosting an apprentice on your farm, please reach out to us to learn more about our apprenticeship program and how you can be involved. We support YA Apprenticeship farm mentors and employers in grant writing for funding opportunities such as the Youth Employment and Skills Program.
Supporting the new, young, and aspiring ecological farmers, but also the farmers who are stepping into mentorship roles, is vital for the future of farming! It can be challenging to meet financial and labour needs on a farm, and this program will help support the intergenerational transfer of knowledge that farming communities need to experience for their continued vibrancy and regeneration. The availability of funding such as this demonstrates a commitment by our government to the new generation of farmers and agriculture-sector professionals. A big and heartfelt YA thank-you to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, for continuing programs like this that help grow the agriculture industry and the farmers within it.
To chat with YA staff about apprenticeship opportunities throughout the Prairie provinces, please contact
Dana Penrice, Prairie Program Coordinator
Kolby Peterson, Apprenticeship Coordinator