January 16, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Farmers know the importance of keeping the land, water and air healthy to sustain
their farms from one generation to the next. The Government of Canada is making
strategic investments to help farmers and young Canadians adopt innovative practices
and develop skills for a cleaner more prosperous Canada.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced today that the Agricultural
Youth Green Jobs Initiative is now taking applications for 2018. Under the initiative,
support is available to fund youth internships, both on the farm and with organizations
engaged in the agriculture and agri-food sector for activities that are environmentally
beneficial to the agriculture sector.
Since the initial launch of the Agricultural Green Jobs Initiative in April 2016
there have been 392 new jobs created nationally. This initiative follows through
on the Government of Canada's commitment made in 2015 to help create good, well-paying
jobs and to support young Canadians as they transition into the workforce.
"The overwhelming support and the great success of the program has benefited a number
of agricultural businesses and led to more farm employers and young people benefiting
from the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative. The expanded Initiative has provided
youth with meaningful work experiences in the agriculture and agri-food sector,
while providing benefits to the environment. A win-win for all." - Lawrence MacAulay
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
- Budget 2017 recognizes that the agriculture and agri-food sector is a key driver
of the Canadian economy. Under Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan, Budget 2017
also commits to helping young Canadians succeed through measures that help create
employment and skills development opportunities under the Youth Employment Strategy
- In 2015, the Government of Canada committed to creating 5,000 new jobs and opportunities
for young Canadians under the renewed Youth Employment Strategy.
- The Agricultural Green Jobs Initiative was announced as a one year program in April
of 2016 and then extended for 2 years for 2017-18 and 2018-19 for a total investment
of $5.2 million.
- The Youth Employment Strategy is a government-wide initiative to help 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.