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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Youth Employment and Skills Program to create 800 youth jobs

Christian Fernsby |
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau announced that approximately 800 new positions are expected to be created through the Youth Employment and Skills Program for the 2020/2021 program year.

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The enhanced program, which launched on May 26, 2020, is now fully subscribed and the application intake is closed.

In May, the Government announced an additional funding of $9.2 million to help the agriculture industry attract Canadian youth, ages 15 to 30, to their organizations to assist with labour shortages brought on by the pandemic.

At that time, it was announced that the program would fund 700 youth jobs. This program provides youth from across the country, and particularly youth facing barriers to employment, with job experience in agriculture that will provide career-related work experience.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Government of Canada has been taking steps to ensure the resilience of the food supply chain and to provide support to keep the agriculture sector strong.

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

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