Applications are now being accepted for the Youth Employment and Skills Program

OTTAWA (ON), February 28, 2022 /CNW/ – Engaging young people in agriculture with meaningful work opportunities is essential to the development of from Canada next generation of farmers.

Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $3.7 million to improve the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and support around 300 jobs for young people in the agricultural sector. 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.

YESP will help agricultural employers with the cost of hiring young Canadians with a greater focus on those who face barriers to employment. 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 entitled to an additional $5,000 funding to overcome barriers, including resettlement.
  • Based on demand, the program will fund 50% of wages and benefits for youth who do not face these barriers, up to $14,000.

Applications are now open for a limited time. Employers can apply between February 28, 2022 and March 21, 2022 for their project to be considered. Application forms for the YESP are available on the webpage. Additional information can be found by contacting [email protected]or by calling: 1-866-452-5558.

The agricultural sector continues to experience difficulties in accessing labour. YESP seeks to match farmers with young Canadians who may need employment. By promoting youth employment in the agricultural sector, the Government of Canada ensures a resilient food supply chain and keeps the sector strong and well positioned for the future.


“Young Canadians are the future of our industry. We need to provide them with tools and opportunities to gain experience to help them reach their full potential. The Youth Employment and Skills Program helps remove barriers to employment for those wishing to pursue a career in agriculture. . Our government continues to support agri-food employers to ensure the industry thrives.
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Young Canadians deserve the opportunity to learn skills and pursue careers they are truly passionate about. The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which focuses on helping young people facing barriers, is paving the way to meaningful jobs in many in-demand sectors. , including the ever-growing agricultural sector. We all succeed when we open doors for young people to build their careers and achieve their dreams.
– The Honorable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

Fast facts

  • Youth facing barriers include: Aboriginal youth, youth living with a physical disability, youth living with a diagnosed mental disorder, visible minorities, recent immigrants (within five years), those residing in a remote location , young people living in a low-income household, or a single parent who has dropped out of school.
  • First launched in June 2019YESP has supported the creation of nearly 1,000 agricultural jobs through Canada (2020-2021).
  • YES is part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), an initiative led by Employment and Social Development Canada and involving 12 federal departments and agencies. YESS is part of the government of from Canada commitment to helping young people, especially those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the market work.

Additional links

AAFC Youth Employment and Skills Program
Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) – Employment and Social Development Canada

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For further information: Marianne Dandurand, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, [email protected], 343-541-9229; Media Relations: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1-866-345-7972, [email protected]

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