Federal Government invests into YESP program, now accepting applications

The federal government has invested in engaging youth with meaningful work opportunities to develop Canada’s next generation of farmers.

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced an investment of up to $3.7 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and support 300 jobs for youth in the agriculture sector.

The YESP aims to support agri-food employers and provide young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 with job experience in agriculture that could lead to a career working in the sector.

It will also support agriculture employers with the cost of hiring Canadian youth, focusing on those who face employment barriers. Eligible applicants include producers, agri-businesses, industry associations, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations and research facilities.

  • Employers that hire youth facing specific employment barriers will be eligible for 80 per cent of the cost of salaries and benefits, up to $14,000.
  • Applicants will be eligible for an additional $5,000 in funding to address the barriers, including relocation.
  • Depending on demand, the program will support 50 per cent of salaries and benefits for youth who do not face these barriers, up to $14,000.

Applications for employers are open to March 21, and forms are available on Agriculture Canada’s website.

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