Summer Farm Employment Program

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Program Information


Rural Development Branch
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

For Further Information Contact:

Tel: 310-FARM-3276 Fax: 403-742-7527
Application Deadline
May 31, 2019
Downloadable Forms
Application 33K

Program Details
  The 2019 Summer Farm Employment Program is now open and accepting Applications

The Summer Farm Employment Program is funded and administered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Employers and employees must apply together for the program. The Summer Farm Employment Program is now being paid as a Grant to the Employer. Employers are responsible to comply with Program Guidelines, the Employment Standards Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Workers’ Compensation Act (including provision of Workers’ Compensation Board coverage for the employee), and all other applicable legislation, regulations, and by-laws associated with being an Employer in the Province of Alberta. For more information on Workers’ Compensation, please call 1-866-922-9221 or visit the WCB website at . For information on Government of Alberta OHS and Employment Standards, please call 310-0000 or visit the OHS website at and the Employment Standards website at

The employment standards website has some information on youth that you may want to look at as well as this website which concerns youth between 16 and 17 years of age.


The Summer Farm Employment Program is funded and administered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Employees and employers must apply together for the program, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry does not do any matching.

The Summer Farm Employment Program's primary objective is to provide opportunities for full-time farm work experience for young people. Employers must be full-time farmers; employees must between 16 and 24 years of age and cannot be a direct relative of the employer. Wage support is provided to farmers to a maximum of $500 per month based on a full time basis. Applications are accepted on a first- come, first-served basis. The program runs from July 1 to August 31.

Please see the links below for the forms and information you will need for this program.

Summer Farm Employment Program
- Forms and Information
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Farm operations that are a registered business may also consider the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The deadline for applications is February 8 and more information can be found at
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Last Reviewed/Revised on January 28, 2019.