YOUNG AGRARIANS APPRENTICESHIP POSTING SUBMISSION FORM
An apprenticeship posting is a hands-on opportunity for people to learn the skills necessary to become a farmer. Farmers should spend time in the field with apprentices to help them learn the trade, and provide access to additional learning resources (e.g. books, knowledgeable farm neighbours, etc.). To post on the YA website, the expectation is that you are using ecological/organic practices, and that you are offering a fair and equitable opportunity that complies with labour regulations in your province. All provinces have different rules on farm apprenticeship employment regulations. We require farms to offer at least minimum wage. More information on labour laws by province here.
The difference between a Farm Job and a Farm Apprenticeship, is that apprenticeships often have a room and board option available on the farm, and potentially a formalized Education Fee to compensate the Farmer for time spent training the Apprentice. Please note that it is not legal for farms to require workers to live on the farm. A well structured agreement with an apprentice will charge separately for room, board and education, and pay at least minimum wage.
Note on our recent changes to our Apprenticeship Posting Policy
Please see our blog post that goes into more detail about why we’ve made these changes.
- Best practices from Stewards Of Irreplaceable Land (SOIL) on labour laws, education, interview questions, contracts, and more.
- Ecological Farm Internships in Canada
- Good Food Jobs newsletter
- We recommend farmers seeking Apprentices also list their opportunity on the SOIL website. SOIL provides guidance and resources to host Farmers and Farm Apprentices and offers an online catalogue of listings for both parties to peruse.
- World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), Canada (typically unpaid with about 20 hours per week expected in exchange for room and board)
- Goodwork.ca lists all types of opportunities including on farms.
Looking to submit a job instead of an apprenticeship? Click here.
Are you looking to become a mentor in the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program instead? Click here for more info.
YA offers this service free of charge to farmers across Canada. If you appreciate this listing service, and would like to support our work with new and young farmers, please consider making a donation — even small amounts help! Thank you!
Please note it may take a few days to get your posting online during high-volume times of the year (winter and spring). Please plan accordingly. Thank you!