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PEI Farm Technician Apprenticeship Program
The PEI Farm Technician Apprenticeship Program is a Blue Seal Trade that provides Farm Employees an opportunity to gain important skills and experience to use in the Agriculture Industry!

In order to enter the program a person must ....
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have Grade 12 of Equivalent Education (or willing to obtain during the program)
  • Be working on a farm with an employer will to Mentor
  • Have at least 1000 hours work in the Agrcilture Industry

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CAHRC - Agri Talent
 CAHRC’s AgriTalent program supports the development of connections between post-secondary students, employers in agriculture and post-secondary institutions and contributes towards preparing a job-ready workforce for the Canadian agriculture industry. As part of this program, subsidized Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities connect employers with post-secondary students to ensure higher participation by post-secondary students within the industry with special focus on including under-represented and equity-seeking groups.


Work Integrated Learning is an important component in attracting youth to the Canadian agriculture industry. CAHRC’s Growing Opportunities Student Wage Subsidy Program empowers employers to hire post-secondary students as part of the work-integrated learning components of their academic courses. The Program also presents activities such as webinars, networking sessions, business case competitions to engage students and post-secondary institutions with the industry and improve their job readiness.

The Government of Canada, through CAHRC’s Growing Opportunities project, is offering up to $7500 or 75% in subsidies when employers hire an eligible student for a Work Integrated Learning opportunity through the Outcome Campus Connect platform.

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Student Summer Employment Programs

Student Summer Employment Programs

PEI employers who hire students during summer may qualify for the employee wage subsidy offered through two separate student employment programs:

  1. Jobs for Youth Program 
    Through the Employment Development Agency (EDA), this program supports students aged 15-29 working 8-12 weeks during summer and. Students must be returning to school in the Fall. 
  2. Post-Secondary Student Program 
    Through SkillsPEI, supports full-time post-secondary students working a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 18 weeks during the summer. The exact number of weeks designated per placement will be based on factors such as but not limited to: position, wage, and the likelihood of opportunity for experiential learning. Students must be entering or returning to full-time post-secondary studies in the Fall.  
    • Priority will be given to employers able to demonstrate they will provide post-secondary students with a valuable experiential learning opportunity related to the student's field of study (e.g. Pathways to Apprenticeship, Health-related occupations).
    • Experiential Learning opportunities are presented by employers who meaningfully contribute to and advance a student’s education through summer employment. Experiential learning could include: practical field-related skills; insight and knowledge that would benefit the student in their academic pursuits; and/or interactions with environments related to their field of study.

Deadline for applications for both programs is April 15, 2023.

Jobs for Youth 
Jobs For Youth Program: Application for Employers | eServices Prince Edward Island

Jobs for Post Secondary 

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Digital Skills 4 Youth

Digital Skills 4 Youth

'Digital Skills 4 Youth PEI' (DS4Y PEl) is an internship opportunity for Island youth delivered by the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture with funding support from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The DS4Y PEl program will focus on connecting recent graduates to meaningful employment and giving them the skills to succeed in the digital economy.

Employee Eligibility and Selection

Once approved to hire an intern under DS4Y PEI an employer will commence the hiring process. The employer is free to hire the intern they feel will best serve their needs, but they must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Have recently completed post-secondary studies, meaning a degree or diploma program from a recognized institution.
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status.
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance during their internship and
  • Self-assess as unemployed or underemployed, meaning they are employed below their level of education and/or hold part-time employment
  • Not be an immediate family member of the employer

Application Process

To be considered for a DS4Y PEI intern opportunity the employer must provide SkillsPEI with;

  • A completed DS4Y PEI Application Form
  • A detailed job description - outlining the duties the intern can expect, the proposed wage and terms of employment, and how your company will be providing an experience which will contribute to intern's skill set


Through the DS4Y PEI funding, Skills PEI will provide the IHO with a maximum of $21,500 per intern in salary funds, understood to be 75% of the intern’s total salary.

SkillsPEI will also provide 'Digital Workplace Skills Training' to be completed during the internship. This will be supported at no cost to the IHO, although the IHO must agree to allow the intern to particpate.

Application Deadline

Skills PEI will now support applications on a first come, first served basis until program funds are committed.

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Youth Employment and Skills Program
The Government of Canada is continuing to support Canadian agriculture and Canadian Youth by investing $13 million in the Youth Employment and Skills Program: http://ow.ly/V6C150N3NXn
 The Program is now open and accepting applications.

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Farm Tech
 Congratulations to our 6 New Farm Technician Blue Seals!
The work and attention you have put in for the last 2 years has paid off!
Congrats to Alex Foy, Amanda MacLeod, Anthonie Honkoop, Colton Dunn, Emma Mills and Mike Arsenault!!!

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What You Need To Know

The following employment related legislation is the legal foundation for provincially regulated employers:

  • Employment Standards Act
  • Human Rights Act
  • Youth Employment Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Workers Compensation Act
  • Privacy Act

Depending on the nature of your business, other pieces of legislation may also apply to your workplace. At a minimum, employers need to comply with all legislation.  Many employers will have internal policies and procedures to communicate rights, roles, and responsibilities on a number of different matters, including those required by legislation.

Policies identify the broad principles/standards for expected workplace action, behaviour, and/or compliance.  The procedure may outline step-by-step instructions, such as templates, forms, or simple visual aids.

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Atlantic Agriculture Hall of Fame

Atlantic Agriculture Hall of Fame 

Inductee Nomination and Selection

Induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame is a way of recognizing the contribution of an individual to the development of a specific commodity, a farm organization, the farm community, or to the enhancement of the agricultural industry in Atlantic Canada.


Farmers, those people involved in farm and rural organizations, business persons, Agrologists and scientists are all eligible for induction.

To be considered, an individual must be nominated by a member rural or agricultural organization.


Nominations will be accepted until June 1 of each year. A selection committee, established in each province, reviews the nominations and selects an individual to be honoured in that province each year. The remaining nominations will be carried forward for consideration in each of the subsequent five years pending approval of the nominating organization.


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