The Canadian government is accepting applications for the Youth Employment and Skills Program

The Canadian government will invest up to $3.7 million to improve the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and support approximately 300 jobs for youth in the agricultural sector

Details were announced by Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

The YESP aims to support employers in the agri-food sector and provide young Canadians aged 15 to 30 with work experience in agriculture that could lead to a career in the sector.

First launched in June 2019, YESP has supported the creation of nearly 1,000 agricultural jobs across Canada (2020-2021).

Eligible applicants include producers, agri-food companies, industry associations, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations and research facilities.

What YESP offers:

  • Employers who hire youth facing specific employment barriers will be eligible for 80% of salary and benefit costs, up to $14,000.
  • Applicants will be eligible for additional funding of $5,000 to overcome barriers, including relocation.
  • Depending on the application, the program will support 50% of the wages and benefits of young people who do not face these barriers, up to a maximum of $14,000.

Applications are now open for a limited time. Employers can apply between February 28, 2022 and March 21, 2022 to have their project considered.

Projects can begin no earlier than April 1, 2022 and must be completed no later than March 31, 2023. Projects must provide the employee with meaningful farm work of 3 months or more.

Here are examples of typical projects:

  • farmers who want to hire farm laborers to plant and harvest crops or manage livestock
  • agricultural businesses, such as greenhouses, orchards, vineyards, or vegetable growers that require labor
  • small businesses that provide agricultural products or services
  • food processors need labor

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

First launched in June 2019, the YES P supported the creation of nearly 1,000 agricultural jobs across Canada from 2020 to 2021.


Requests under the Programme of employment and skills of young people can now be presented

The Government of Canada announced an investment of up to $3.7 million to improve the Programyouth employment and skills center (PECJ) and support around 300 jobs for young people in the agricultural sector.

The YECP helps agricultural employers with the cost of hiring young Canadians, with special attention to those who face barriers to employment. Eligible applicants include producers, agribusinesses, industry associations, provincial and territorial governments, Aboriginal organizations and research facilities.

The PECJ offers the right thing:

  • Employers who hire youth facing certain barriers to employment will be eligible for assistance covering 80% of the cost of wages and benefits, up to $14,000.
  • Applicants will be eligible for additional funding of $5,000 to overcome obstacles, including relocation.
  • According to demand, the Programfunded me 50% of wages and benefits for youth who do not face these barriers, up to $14,000.

The application period is of a limited duration. Employers can apply between February 28, 2022 and March 21, 2022 to have their project considered. Application forms under the PECJ can be found on the web page of the Programme. For more information, please contact us by email at [email protected]or by phone at 1-866-452-5558.

The PECJ wants to match farmers with young Canadians who may need a job.

First launched in June 2019, the PECJ has supported the creation of nearly 1,000 agricultural jobs across Canada (2020-2021).

Youth facing barriers include Aboriginal youth, youth living with physical disabilities, youth with a mental health diagnosis, visible minority youth, recent immigrant youth (less than five years ), young people living in remote areas, young people living in low-income households or with a single parent, and young people who have dropped out of school.