Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced federal funding of up to $5.2 million over the next two years for the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative on Tuesday.
The program makes funds available to farms and organizations involved in agriculture to hire youth for work that’s deemed beneficial to the environment, and follows a $1.9 million commitment last year.
“Young Canadians have the talent and drive to lead the future growth of Canada’s economy, but they need practical work experience. Green jobs will provide young Canadians with valuable work experience, jump-starting their future careers in the agriculture and the environment sectors,” said MacAulay, announcing the program in Charlottetown, PEI.
Funding is available through two streams:
- Green Farms Stream: Farm operators can receive up to $10,000 per youth intern, 30 years old or younger, including high school students to “implement projects that are environmentally beneficial”.
- Green Internships Stream: Employers in the agricultural sector but not on-farm can receive up to $16,000 per post-secondary graduate intern to “undertake environmental activities, services or research that will benefit the agriculture sector.”
Applications for both streams open on April 26.