Wage subsidy for agricultural organizations

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About the program

If you’re a producer or food processor who is in need of extra labour, get a subsidy to cover at least 50% of wages to a maximum of $14,000/employee, as well as $5,000/employee for relocation costs, when you hire youth to work on agricultural projects.

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Eligible employers

Eligible employers are agricultural related organizations such as farmers, food processors and agricultural related non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who can offer opportunities that will give youth agriculture career-related work experiences and skills in Canada.

Note: Eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements.

Eligible employees

Eligible employers are responsible for hiring and verifying the eligibility of participants for the Youth Employment and Skills Program activities. Only one (1) employee may be assigned to each project. The employee may be hired for all kinds of employment statuses (part-time, full-time, casual, seasonal, etc.). To qualify, the employee must be:

  • between the ages of 15 and 30 inclusive when the project started
  • unemployed or underemployed. Underemployed includes:
    • students or individuals who are currently employed and are taking on significantly greater responsibilities and complexity in their employment duties or more hours of work during the project.
    • employees who are occupying a position for which they are overqualified, as per their education.
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or a refugee under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • not in receipt of Employment Insurance during the work term

Eligible projects

Projects may start no earlier than April 1, 2022 and must be completed by March 31, 2023. Projects must offer the employee agricultural work that is of meaningful length of 3 months or more. Applicants who have recently hired youth may claim costs starting April 1, 2022.

Examples of typical projects include:

  • farmers who wish to hire farm workers for planting and harvesting crops or managing livestock
  • agricultural businesses, such as greenhouses, orchards, vineyards, or vegetable producers who have labor needs
  • small businesses who supply agricultural products or services
  • food processors in need of labor

How to apply

Give your application the best chance at approval. AKR Consulting has an 99% approval rating across all<u> Canadian funding programs.</u>

For any inquiry, please call: AKR Consulting Canada at 905-678-6368


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