Agricultural Processing Industry Employment Program 2014

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Program Information


Ag-Info Centre
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

For Further Information Contact:

Tel: 310-FARM-3276 Fax: 403-742-7527
Employee must be student enrolled in a post-secondary institution; employer must be owner of agricultural processing business. See below for more details.
Downloadable Forms
2014 APIEP Application 32K

Program Details
  The Agricultural Processing Industry Employment Program is not available for 2015.

Program Overview | Which Employers are Eligible? | Employer Responsibilities | How are Employers Reimbursed? | Responsibilities of the Government of Alberta | Who is Eligible to Work? | Conditions for Employment | Employee Responsibilities | How to Apply for the Program | Application Form | Who Reviews and Approves Applications? | What Happens if the Contract Changes? | Violated Contracts | Contact Information | Companies that may be interested in hiring

Program Overview

The Agricultural Processing Industry Employment Program (APIEP) provides opportunities for career related experience and skill training for students employed in Alberta's Processing Industry. Funding is renewed on a yearly basis. Employees and employers must apply together for the program; Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development does not do any matching. Employees may approach potential employers and advise them of the program but cannot apply for the program without an employer. Employers must be processors who are adding value to a raw agricultural product; employees must be post-secondary students and must not be related to the employer. Employment must provide career-related experience for the student. Processors who hire a student for the summer will be reimbursed for one-third of the employee's salary up to $500 per month. Applications are mailed out to potential employers in March and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The application deadline is April 15, 2014. The program runs from May 1 to August 31.

2014 Program Information and Guidelines

Which Employers are Eligible?

  • Employers must be the owner of a value-added agricultural processing business that adds value to, and/or changes the form of a raw agricultural product post-slaughter (e.g. sausage making) or post-harvest (e.g. milling of wheat). The value-added processing business must be located in Alberta.
  • Employers must be eligible for membership in the Alberta Food Processors Association if they produce a food product.
  • Employers must be eligible to be part of Alberta's Agricultural Processing Industry Directory.
  • Funding is limited to one employee per business and one business per employer. Additional employees and/or business units or branch plants will only be considered if funding is available.
  • Employers may not exchange students or "job-share" on this program.
  • Employers must not receive other provincial or federal program funding for the student.
Employer Responsibilities
  • Recruit their student and verify that all eligibility requirements are met.
  • Ensure that their student receives a copy of the completed application form.
  • Ensure the employee is supervised the majority of the time and particularly while performing potentially dangerous or new tasks.
  • Ensure safe working conditions for the employee.
  • Pay the employee at a pre-contracted monthly rate, agreed to by both the employer and the employee.
  • Issue a pay cheque, with appropriate deductions, to the employee on either a bi-monthly or monthly basis.
  • Maintain a record of the number of days and hours the employee works during the summer.
  • Complete and submit a Reimbursement Claim Form at the end of the summer.
  • Send a Record of Employment to the employee and provide a T4 slip to the employee for income tax purposes.
  • Retain proof of employee payment and hours worked for program audit purposes.
  • Comply with the Program Guidelines, the Employment Standards Code, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation, regulations, and by-laws associated with being an employer in the Province of Alberta. NOTE: Employers who may be classified as farmers under the Employment Standards Code are defined as processors while participating in this program and therefore, are subject to all applicable Employment Standards Regulations.
  • Notify program staff immediately if the student employed is terminated for any reason.
  • Maintain responsibility for all claims, demands, actions, and costs whatsoever that may arise out of the employer's performance of this agreement, or by the actions of the employer, his agents or employees, whether occasioned by negligence or otherwise.
How are Employers Reimbursed?
  • Employers are reimbursed for one-third of the employee's monthly wage to a maximum of $500 per month.
  • One Reimbursement Claim Form will be mailed to all approved employers.
  • The employer should complete and submit the Reimbursement Claim Form at the end of the summer, or on the student's last day of employment. The Reimbursement Claim Form must be signed by both the employer and the employee.
  • The employer may only claim for time actually worked by the employee.
  • The employer's expected subsidy must be based on the contracted information provided on the application form. Final subsidy amounts exceeding contracted subsidy amounts of $250 or more may be the responsibility of the employer depending on total program expenditures. Please be as accurate as possible when estimating contract start date, end date and salary.
  • One reimbursement cheque will be mailed to the employer as soon as possible after the Reimbursement Claim Form is submitted.
  • If the employer is overpaid, the overpaid amount must be repaid to the Minister of Finance as soon as the employer is informed of the amount owing.
  • The deadline for submitting the Reimbursement Claim Form is September 30, 2014. Reimbursement Claim Forms received after September 30, 2014 may not be processed.
  • Completed Reimbursement Claim Forms may be faxed to 403 742-7527 or orginals can be mailed.
Responsibilities of the Government of Alberta
  • Reimburse the employer for one-third of the employee's monthly wage to a maximum of $500 per month.
Who is Eligible to Work?
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in a degree, diploma or certificate program and must be returning to school full-time in the fall or winter. Students enrolled in graduate studies are also eligible under the program.
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in a post-secondary institution located in Alberta. Students attending a post-secondary institution outside Alberta will only be considered for acceptance if funding is available.
  • Employees must not be a direct relative of the employer. "Direct relative" includes spouse, brother, sister, son or daughter.
  • Employees must be unemployed. Existing part-time employees are eligible if total hours worked over the previous three months averaged less than 20 per week. Employees working full-time for someone other than the employer are eligible if they are terminated before May 1. Employees working for the employer full-time prior to May 1 are not eligible under the program.
  • Employees must not be working full-time anywhere else or attending school while participating in this program.
  • Employees must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
Conditions for Employment
  • Employment must provide career-related experience for the student and should increase the employee's knowledge of the value-added processing industry. "Career-related experience" is defined as work experience that is related to the student's post-secondary education. Work situations that do not provide career-related experience will only be considered if funding is available.
  • Employment must be between May 1 and August 31 and must be based in Alberta.
  • Employment must provide at least four weeks of continuous, full-time employment within the program period.
  • Employment must be a minimum of 30 hours per week. However, if the employee works more than 8 hours per day or 44 hours per week, overtime must be paid by the employer unless the employee has previously agreed (in writing) to time off in lieu of overtime pay. Payment must comply with Alberta Employment Standards.
  • The employment of a student under this program must not eliminate, amend or affect the job security of any person who would otherwise have been employed.
  • A contract under this program does not mean that the employee is considered to be an employee or agent of the Government of Alberta.
Employee Responsibilities
  • Agree to participate in the program and agree to work for only one specified employer.
  • Perform all tasks in a responsible and conscientious manner and follow the policies and procedures of the business while employed.
  • Notify the program staff immediately if your employment is terminated for any reason.
How to Apply for the Program
  • Interested employers must complete and submit an application by April 15, 2014. Employers MAY NOT submit an application without the name of a student. To assist employers with finding a student, a Contact List for Employee Recruitment has been compiled.
  • Employers will be notified of their initial status as soon as possible once a complete application has been received.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are committed.
  • Old application forms will not be accepted.
  • Faxed copies will be accepted as an original application.
Please submit applications to:

Agricultural Processing Industry Employment Program
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Postal Bag 600,
Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

Direct Phone:310-FARM (3276)
Fax Number: 403-742-7527
Application Form

The Application Form is a .pdf file. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view and print it. Please ensure you have read all sections of the 2014 Program Information and Guidelines before completing the Application form.

Who Reviews and Approves Applications?
  • Program staff have final authority for the approval or rejection of any application.
  • Approval is based on evidence of both an employer's and a student's compliance with the program guidelines, the availability of funding, and how the student's area of education relates to the training opportunities provided by the business.
What Happens if the Contract Changes?
  • Program staff must be notified immediately if there are any changes to the original contract.
  • Employers may replace an employee only once. The employer must request the replacement, either verbally or in writing, by July 2, 2014. The new employee may start work as soon as program staff gives verbal approval. A new application must then be sent in.
  • Employers who cancel their contract after July 2, 2014 will not be eligible to employ a new student.
Violated Contracts
  • Program staff may cancel the contract, retroactive to the start date, at any time if participants violate their contract and/or the program guidelines. Funds may need to be repaid and employers may not be allowed to participate in the Agricultural Processing Industry Employment Program again.
Who Do I Contact with Questions?

For further information, please contact:
Tricia Simon or Mary Ann Nelson
Agriculture and Rural Development
Direct Phone:310-FARM (3276)
Fax Number: 403-742-7527

Companies that may be interested in hiring

The following agricultural processors are aware of the APIEP and may be interested in hiring a post-secondary student in the summer of 2014. Feel free to contact them directly about potential employment opportunities.

Alberta Honey Producers Co-operative Ltd
PO Box 3909 70 Alberta Avenue
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3B1
Ph: 780-962-5573
Fax: 780-962-1653
Type of processing: honey/beeswax
Alley Kat Brewing Company
9929 60 Ave
Edmonton, AB T6E 0C7
Ph: 780-436-8922
Fax: 780-430-7363
Type of processing: brewery
Bassano Growers Ltd
923 - 28 Street NE
Calgary, AB T2A 7X1
Ph: 403-248-7794
Fax: 403-273-4575
Type of processing: fresh vegetables
Calgary Italian Bakery Ltd
5310 5 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2H 1L2
Ph: 403-255-3515
Fax: 403-255-7016
Type of processing: bakery
Capital Packers Ltd.
12907 57 Street
Edmonton, AB T5A 0E7
Ph: 780-476-1391
Fax: 780-478-0083
Type of processing: meat processing
Cargill Meats
Box 4120
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3B3
Fax: 780-962-0862
Type of processing: meat processing
Cassidy Creek Trading Co Ltd
10324 130 Street
Edmonton, AB T5N 1X6
Ph: 780-452-1404
Fax: 780-425-1665
Type of processing: preserves
Cavendish Farm
2720 2 Avenue N
Lethbridge, AB T1H 5B4
Ph: 403-380-9900
Fax: 403-328-5262
Type of processing: french fries
Champion Pet Foods Ltd
9503 90 Avenue
Morinville, AB T8R 1K7
Ph: 780-939-6888
Fax: 780-939-6858
Type of processing: pet foods
Chin Ridge Seed Processors Ltd
PO Box 4222
Taber, AB T1G 2C7
Ph: 403-223-3900
Fax: 403-223-1900
Type of processing: cereal grains/special crops
Chinook Honey Co & Chinook Arch Meadery
Box 12, Site 14, RR 1,
Okotoks, AB T1S 1A1
Ph: 403-995-0830
Fax: 403-995-0829
Type of processing: honey, wine
Clover Leaf Cheese Ltd
1201 45 Avenue NE
Calgary, AB T2E 2P2
Ph: 403-250-3780
Fax: 403-291-9782
Type of processing: cheese/cheese packaging
Custom Woolen Mills Ltd
RR 1
Carstairs, AB T0M 0N0
Ph: 403-337-2221
Fax: 403-337-2221
Type of processing: wool processing
Dpb Baking Company Ltd
7440 10 Street
Calgary, AB T2E 8W1
Ph: 403-777-1221
Type of processing: bakery
Fairwinds Farm
Box 953
Fort MacLeod, AB T0L 1S0
Ph: 403-553-0127
Fax: 403-553-0126
Type of processing: pasteurize goat milk, make yogurt
Hog Wild Specialities
PO Box 1209
Mayerthorpe, AB T0E 1N0
Ph: 780-786-4627
Fax: 780-786-4627
Type of processing: wild boar meat
Lakeview Bakery
6449 Crowchild Trail SW
Calgary, AB T3E 5R7
Ph: 403-246-6127
Fax: 403-246-6609
Type of processing: bakery
Leading Brands of Canada Inc
4104 99 STREET
Edmonton, AB T6E 3N5
Ph: 780-478-2900
Fax: 780-435-4787
Type of processing: beverage
Lethbridge Meats and Seafoods Ltd.
3621 6 Avenue N
Lethbridge, AB T1H 5C2
Ph: 403-329-4912
Fax: 403-329-4554
Type of processing: meat/seafood processing
Lucerne Foods (Ice Cream)
13944 Yellowhead Trail
Edmonton, AB T5L 3C2
Ph: 780-453-7634
Fax: 780-453-7611
Type of processing: ice cream manufacturing
MacKay's Cochrane Ice Cream Ltd
PO Box 250
Cochrane, AB T4C 1A5
Ph: 403-932-2455
Fax: 403-932-2455
Type of processing: ice cream
Maple Leaf Poultry
2619 - 91 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6P 1S3
Ph: 780-467-6022
Fax: 780-464-2713
Type of processing: fresh and frozen poultry products.
McCormick Canada
5535 11 Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 6M4
Ph: 403-275-2444
Fax: 403-295-0157
Type of processing: seasoning and spices
Newly Weds Foods Co
9110 23 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6N 1H9
Ph: 780-414-9579
Fax: 780-431-0452
Type of processing: spice manufacturing
Northern Alberta Processing Co
1930 121 Ave NE
Edmonton, AB T6H 1B1
Ph: 780-377-2005
Type of processing: meat/bone meal, blood meal
Nossack Fine Meats Ltd
7240 Johnstone Drive
Red Deer, AB T4P 3Y6
Ph: 403-346-5006
Fax: 403-343-8066
Type of processing: meat processing
Nossack Gourmet Foods
Box 6179
Innisfail, AB T4G 1S8
Ph: 403-227-2121
Fax: 403-227-1131
Type of processing: bakery and meat products
Parkland Packers (1976) Ltd.
4915 52 Ave
Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1Y4
Ph: 780-963-2183
Fax: 780-963-4697
Type of processing: meat processing
Pearson's Berry Farm Ltd
Box 1, Site 24, RR 1
Bowden, AB T0M 0K0
Ph: 403-224-3011
Fax: 403-224-2096
Type of processing: fruit products
Penteco Foods Ltd
53132 Range RD 232
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4T8
Ph: 780-467-3355
Fax: 780-467-0882
Type of processing: potato processing
Ponoka Meat Processors
4207 67 Street
Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8
Ph: 403-783-2232
Fax: 403-783-8392
Type of processing: meat processing
Quality Fast Foods
12251 William Short Road
Edmonton, AB T5B 2B7
Ph: 780-474-5201
Fax: 780-474-9789
Type of processing: ready to eat sandwiches, subs and burgers
Scholing's Produce Inc
PO Box 5213
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W9
Ph: 403-782-7380
Fax: 403-782-7390
Type of processing: potato processing
Sgambaro's Signature Seafoods Inc
12819 58 St
Edmonton, AB T5A 4X1
Ph: 780-457-8227
Fax: 780-473-6761
Type of processing: smoked salmon
Soyang Market Gardens Ltd.
Box 5391
Leduc, AB T9E 6L7
Ph: 780-986-7627
Fax: 780-986-7628
Type of processing: fresh vegetable processing
Stawnichy's Meat Processing
PO Box 18
Mundare, AB T0B 3H0
Ph: 780-764-3912
Fax: 780-764-3765
Type of processing: meat processing
Sudo Farms
RR 8 Site 32 Box 12
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P4
Ph: 403-345-6020
Fax: 403-345-6447
Type of processing: fresh vegetables
Sunfresh Farms Ltd
10471 176 St
Edmonton, AB
Ph: 780-413-4802
Fax: 780-444-2481
Type of processing: fresh vegetables
SunGro Horticulture Canada Ltd.
PO Box 189
Seba Beach, AB T0E 2B0
Ph: 780-797-3019
Fax: 780-797-3079
Type of processing: peat moss, growing media
Sunrise Bakery Ltd.
14728 119 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5L 2P2
Ph: 780-454-5797
Fax: 780-452-7696
Type of processing: sweet goods bakery
The Black Velvet Distilling Company
2925 9 Avenue N
Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E3
Ph: 403-317-2100
Fax: 403-317-2125
Type of processing: alcohol
The Jungle Farm
RR 3
Innisfail, AB
Ph: 403-227-4231
Fax: 403-227-6020
Type of processing: strawberries, pumpkins
Troika Foods (2000) Ltd
14-41 Broadway Blvd
Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2C1
Ph: 780-467-1121
Fax: 780-416-0095
Type of processing: cabbage rolls/perogies
Valbella Gourmet Foods
Box 8121
Canmore, AB T1W 2T8
Ph: 403-678-4109
Fax: 403-678-5837
Type of processing: meat processing
Zinter Brown Taste Treats
25 Wedgewood Crescent
Edmonton, AB T6M 2N4
Ph: 780-487-9334
Fax: 780-487-9334
Type of processing: wholesale condiments and appetizers.
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Last Reviewed/Revised on September 12, 2016.