The Government of Canada is making investments to help farmers and young Canadians adopt innovative practices and develop skills for a cleaner Canada.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawerence MacAulay announced this week that the Agriculture Youth Green Jobs initiative is now taking applications for 2018. Under the initiative, support is available to fund youth internships, both on the farm and with organizations engaged in agriculture or agri-food sector for activities that are environmentally beneficial to the agriculture sector.
“The overwhelming support and the great success of the program have benefited a number of agricultural businesses and led to more farm employers and young people benefiting from the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative,” MacAulay said. “The expanded Initiative has provided youth with meaningful work experiences in the agriculture and agri-food sector while providing benefits to the environment. A win-win for all.”
Since the initial launch of the Agricultural Green Jobs Initiative in April 2016 there have been 392 new jobs created nationally. This initiative follows through on the Government of Canada’s commitment made in 2015 to help create good, well-paying jobs and to support young Canadians as they transition into the workforce.
Funding is available through the following two streams:
Green Farms Stream: Farm operators could receive up to a maximum of $10,000 per youth intern, 30 years old or younger, including high school students to implement projects that are environmentally beneficial.
Green Internships Stream: Employers in the agricultural sector but not directly on a farm could receive up to a maximum of $16,000 per post-secondary graduate intern to undertake environmental activities, services or research that will benefit the agriculture sector.
New applications will be accepted on January 15, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). Projects can start on April 1, 2018, with the possibility of starting earlier based on available funding. Projects must also be completed by March 31, 2019.