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.
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Work Integrated Learning opportunity for post-secondary students
Recruiting young people into agriculture jobs is an ongoing challenge for employers across the country. These agri-workforce gaps inevitably lead to lost sales, production delays, and stress across the entire value chain with no end in sight. CAHRC has heard the industry calling for creative solutions and we have partnered with the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement (SWP) Program to put post-secondary students directly into agriculture focused employment opportunities in their communities.
Since fall, 2021, Growing Opportunities has provided support for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities in the agriculture industry for agriculture and non-agriculture students. Employers in agriculture are encouraged to hire students from diverse academic backgrounds and qualify for a wage subsidy. In addition, drawing from an expanded pool of candidates outside of traditional agriculture fields will bring innovation and creative solution to the sector and inspire under-represented groups such as women, Indigenous people, disabled people, and newcomers to engage in this exciting industry.
Signing up to employ a student and applying for the wage subsidy is easy through the Magnet Outcome Campus Connect portal at magnet.whoplusyou.com/lp/cahrc-ccrha
New Criteria and Subsidy Levels as of May 1, 2022
Updates to the Student Wage Subsidy Program come into effect starting May 1, 2022. New wage subsidy levels for eligible placements will be:
● 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each net new placement.
● 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each net new placement for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, visible minority as well as first-year students.
Full details can be found under the Eligibility Criteria tab.
For questions, please contact Nadee Imran, AgriTalent Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: up to date as of May 1, 2022
NEW SWPP Funding Information
- 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each net new placement.
- 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each net new placement for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, visible minority as well as first-year students.
- Registered Canadian businesses and not-for-profit organizations from the Agriculture Industry (including but not limited to: field crops, primary producers, greenhouse, horticulture, aquaculture, veterinary clinics servicing farm animals/ livestock, farm equipment dealerships, input dealers and agriculture focused media agencies)
- Willing to hire students from both agriculture and non-agriculture background to provide quality work integrated learning experience to post-secondary students across Canada
- Willing to hire post-secondary students from under-represented groups such as women in STEM, first-year students, Indigenous communities, students with disabilities, visible minorities and newcomers to Canada
- Committed to paying the student for the role and having the financial capacity to pay the student for the duration of the placement in full (the wage subsidy will be administered after receiving the final pay stub at the end of the placement)
- Compliant with all federal and provincial human rights and labour legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act
- Where legally required, responsible for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) or alternate workplace insurance coverage
Employers that are NOT eligible:
- Federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal government
- Federal and provincial Crown corporations
- Non-Agricultural employers
- Post-Secondary Institutions (PSIs)
- Financial institutions
- Non-secular institutions*
- Please note that this list may not be comprehensive, placement eligibility is determined through the application process.
*some non-secular WIL opportunities may be eligible, please reach out to email@example.com for clarification.
- Registered as a domestic student in a recognized post-secondary institution in a full-time or part-time program.
- Undergraduate, graduate, diploma or certificate programs eligible.
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
- Undertaking a placement recognized as a Work-Integrated Learning component by the student’s institution in connection with a course, degree, certificate, diploma, or other recognized program offered by the institution.
- International students are NOT eligible
- Must meet requirements of a Net NEW placement as defined by Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”).
- Can be full-time or part-time positions
- The position can include co-op placements, internships, field placements, or applied projects to solve particular problems for employers
- Stacking with provincial tax credits is allowed, but it’s the employer’s responsibility to follow their provincial tax credit guidelines and consult a tax professional. Wage subsidy funds cannot be counted toward any tax credits, only actual paid wages.
- Placements can be partially funded by non-federal (provincial, municipal, territorial) funds but only funds from non-governmental sources are eligible for subsidy. For example, a position paid with 60% provincial grant funding is only eligible for a subsidy calculated on the remaining 40% of the funds paid by the employer.
Placements that are NOT eligible:
- Unpaid positions
- Placements funded by other federal programs and grants, for example Canada Summer Jobs, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), or any other delivery partner of the Student Work Placement Program (full list available here)
- Apprenticeships that are part of the designated trades governed by regulations under the Provincial and Territorial Apprenticeship Acts (Red Seal Trades)
How to Access
How the subsidy program works:
1. Application for Wage Subsidy
- Employer signs up on Outcome Campus Connect
- Employer submits a funding application through Outcome campus Connect and/or posts a job through the same platform.
2. Confirmation of Employer Eligibility
- CAHRC review employer application
- CAHRC confirms employer eligibility/ineligibility for the subsidy program within 14 days
- CAHRC sends Terms and Conditions to eligible employers and requests student information from the student (if the student information has not already been included in the online funding application)
- CAHRC receives signed Terms and Condition and student contact information from employer
3. Confirmation of Student Eligibility
- CAHRC contacts student
- CAHRC sends Student Agreement and Online Information Form to student
- CAHRC receives Student Agreement, Proof of Enrolment and completed Online Information Form from student
- CAHRC reviews student eligibility
- CAHRC confirms student eligibility to the employer
4. Approval and Payment of Wage Subsidy
- CAHRC send gross salary template and requests employer to submit the filled and signed gross salary sheet along with the supporting documents at the end of the Term.
- CAHRC calculates wage subsidy based on the gross salary paid
- CAHRC request invoice from employer
- CAHRC processes wage subsidy payment to employer within 45 days
Unsure about trying out a career in agriculture? Check out what some of our recent post-secondary student interns have to say!
Why should you try a career in #CdnAg?
I would say that Agriculture is a fantastic industry to enter if you are ready to rise to the challenge of being a part of a growing and collaborative company. If you want to learn lots about the industry, you will grow a passion for your work. Return on Investment is increasingly growing for farmers globally. Agriculture is a very lucrative industry to enter. – Marketing Intern
People will always need to eat! No better time to get involved than the present. – Business Analyst intern
If you are nervous about it, just go for it. Honestly, the experience is worth everything because you learn a lot about your career field and you can also network with people, which will help you in the future. This is a great way to gain experience in the field!
Give it a shot! I found my passion while working here and think it is an area that has growth and opportunities if you stay with it.
Find something that really interests you then find companies doing that and ask them for an internship. Then work hard, don’t let them down and it can turn into a career. Even if they aren’t hiring ask anyways - the worst answer is no. – Cheese maker apprentice
What surprised you about your job?
The amount of things the general public doesn’t know or understand on the food supply chain and how fragile it actually is. - Cheese maker apprentice
How quickly I jumped into writing news articles – I filed one on the first day, when I expected to be doing orientation. – Journalism intern
Since it was my first time joining the Marketing department for a company, I was pleasantly surprised to see the amount of teamwork that goes into the marketing team here. The culture is fast-paced and team-like and everyone has each other’s back. This type of environment has been refreshing for me. – Marketing intern
The size and scale of the Ag Tech Industry. – Business Analyst Intern
I was surprised at the number of tasks that IT has under their domain, if anything needs to be done, they do it. It was also interesting to see a career path in my field of study that I hadn’t thought to pursue, which broadened my horizons. – IT Student
Growing Our People
Learning about Agriculture in Canada through Business Case Competitions
Growing Our People is an exciting new way for post-secondary students in Canada to explore agriculture and careers around this sector. Recognizing the diversity and expanse of the Canadian agriculture industry CAHRC has designed an experiential learning opportunity through business case competitions. The business case competition will welcome students from all backgrounds and give them an insight of the skills and techniques that the diversified industry requires, thereby opening new doors of opportunities for them.
CAHRC recognizes that each school has its unique approach towards problem solving techniques, therefore the project is designed to give each school the freedom to choose and design the competition in a way that allows their students optimum learning opportunity. The students and post-secondary institutions will be supported throughout this competition by an Advisory Group comprised of industry associations, industry leaders and educators to mentor and provide real time industry information to the students. The advisory group will mentor the students and provide them with real time information about the skills requirements in this sector.
CAHRC believes that the relationships developed and nurtured during the course of this competition will prove to be an invaluable asset for the students moving forward. If you or your institution wants to be a part of a unique learning experience that also provides opportunities for an exciting career path, sign up here.
Business Case Competitions Roles
- Employer agrees to the Terms of Reference for joining the Program Advisory Committee
- Volunteer to be part of the Campus Competition Advisory Group(s) and to work with student and faculties to develop and design the campus-specific business case competition
- Volunteer to provide mentorship and learning opportunities from industry representatives/employers
- Volunteer to adjudicate the campus competitions and come up with top teams in each campus
- Participate in and contribute to organizing webinars and networking events for students
- Support CAHRC to decide on a prize for the best teams and help organize the National Level Competition in Winter 2022
Post-Secondary Institutions or Faculties
- Confirm campus participation in the business case competition by signing and MoU with CAHRC
- Faculty(ies) confirm participation in the Campus Competition Advisory Group(s) and form groups with students and employers to design and develop the competition
- Market the competition within the campus through different communication channels
- Support students in finding information and preparing for the competition
- Work with CAHRC team to review and design materials for the competition
- Support the logistics and run the competition within their respective campuses
- Prepare the top teams to showcase their ideas for the National Level Competition in Winter 2022
- Students sign up for the business case competition
- Students form teams of 3-5 members (ag and non-ag students combined teams)
- Advisory groups join employers and faculties to form campus advisory group(s) to develop and design the competition
- Received mentoring, advice and knowledge support from employer groups and advisory committee
- Solve an ag-specific case to develop solutions for the industry
- Submit solution in campus-approved form and format
- Be adjusdicated by members of the Program Advisory Committee
- Top teams get the opportunity to share their ideas at a National platform in Winter 2022