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Canada invests $3.7 M to support youth jobs, skills in agri-food sector

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The federal government is supporting youth careers in the agri-food sector through its investment in Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP). Applications for the program are now open for a limited time. Employers can apply between February 28, 2022, and March 21, 2022, for their project to be considered.

The federal government will invest up to $3.7 million to enhance the YESP and support approximately 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, as well as supporting agriculture employers with the cost of hiring Canadian youth with an additional focus on those who face employment barriers.

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

The agriculture sector continues to face difficulty accessing labour. The YESP seeks to pair farmers with Canadian youth who may need employment.

Key takeaways

  • Youth facing barriers includes Indigenous youth, youth living with a physical disability, youth living with a diagnosed mental health disability, visible minorities, recent immigrants (within five years), those residing in a remote location, youth living in a low-income household, or a single parent and early school leaver.
  • First launched in June 2019, the YESP has supported the creation of nearly 1,000 agricultural jobs across Canada (2020-2021).
  • The YESP is part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), an Employment and Social Development Canada-led initiative involving 12 federal departments and agencies. YESS is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to helping young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market.

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