Summer Farm Employment Program

  From the May 8, 2017 Issue of Agri-News
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 If full-time farmers are thinking about hiring a student for summer employment, now is the time to apply. Once again, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) will be offering the Summer Farm Employment Program. This program gives Alberta’s youth the opportunity to gain farm work experience and provides wage support to farmers for the months of July and August. AF provides wage support to a maximum of $400 per month as well as worker’s compensation coverage and safety training information.

“Employers must own or rent a farming operation in Alberta and work must be directly related to the farming operation,” says Mary Ann Nelson, coordinator for the Summer Farm Employment Program, AF, Stettler. “This doesn't include domestic work or child care. Employers must recruit their own employee, provide daily supervision and ensure safe working conditions for their employee. Monthly records of time worked must be completed by the employer. Employees are paid by the farmer and by the government for each respective part of their salary, which must meet provincial minimum hourly rates.”

Employees must be residents of Alberta, between 15 and 24 years of age and cannot be a direct relative of the employer. ‘Direct relative’ includes child, step-child, foster child, brother, sister and son-or-daughter-in-law. Direct relative also includes a niece, nephew or grandchild permanently residing on the employer’s farm.

Employees must not be working full time anywhere else or attending school while participating in the program. If they have been working full time prior to July 1 for the employer, they are not eligible for the program. Employees require a social insurance number in order to receive payment under this program.

“Farm safety is an emphasis in this program and all summer farm employers and employees are required to review a safety DVD together,” says Nelson. “Employees must complete and pass a safety quiz based on the DVD information in order to be accepted into the program.”

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be accepted until all program funds are committed or May 31, 2017, whatever comes first. Applications received after May 31 will not be processed unless funding is available.

Applications can be obtained from the AF’s website or by calling the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

Alberta Ag-Info Centre
310-FARM (3276)

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This information published to the web on April 27, 2017.