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Applications for the Youth Employment and Skills Program now open

February 26, 2024  By Greenhouse Canada

Feb. 26, 2024 – Approximately $13.5 million of new funding through the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food will support a new application intake under the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP). The initiative will provide the agricultural sector with help needed to support approximately 1,200 jobs for youth in the sector.

The YESP offers support for 50 per cent of wages up to a maximum of $14,000 to agriculture employers hiring Canadian youth. Employers that hire youth facing employment barriers will be eligible for 80 per cent of the cost of salaries and benefits (to a maximum of $14,000) and may be eligible for an additional $5,000 to address specific obstacles to employment.

The program supports the following employees:

  • Indigenous
  • youth living with a disability – including physical, mental health related or learning disability
  • racialized youth
  • recent newcomers to Canada (within 5 years)
  • single parent
  • living in a low income household
  • individual who left high school
  • residing in a remote, northern and/or fly-in community
  • living in an Official Language Minority Community

Employers can apply between February 26, 2024 and March 25, 2024 for their project to be considered.

Applications from Indigenous employers will be prioritized for the 2024-2025 program year. Application forms for the YESP are available through the Youth Employment and Skills Program webpage.

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