AAFC launches youth employment grant, available immediately

Lyndsey Smith/RealAgriculture. 2018

If you’re quick about it, you may be able to access funding from the federal government to hire a summer student.

Earlier this week, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced that the Youth Employment and Skills Program was open for applications. The program offers cost-share of employee wages and benefits at 50%, up to a maximum of $14,000. Eligible participants must be between 15 to 30 years of age and work to gain employment skills “so they are positioned to enter the workforce permanently.”

Extra incentive is offered for those who hire youth facing employment barriers such as a disability, remote location, or other socioeconomic need, AAFC says.

The intake for applications is already open, and the program will award funding on a first-come, first-served basis. If approved, your project can begin immediately.

An additional $5,000 in funding covered at 100% is available for applicants to help successful applicants overcome barriers to employment. Funding, for example, could be used to cover dependent care, transportation costs, or to purchase protective clothing.

Those interested in applying can follow this link.

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