New bursary for students to learn about agriculture careers

News release

July 10, 2019 – Beaver Brook, Nova Scotia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Nova Scotia students can now apply for a new bursary that will help them learn about the agricultural sector.

Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, on behalf of Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture, announced today, July 10, the Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary Program. It offers up to $1,000 for students who work on a farm. A total of $125,000 will be awarded.

The bursary program is a part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. This provincial, federal and territorial initiative ensures that farmers and processors have the tools they need to innovate, grow and prosper.

Eligible students must be employed by a farm that is registered in Nova Scotia. Students who work for a minimum of 250 hours can receive $500. Those who work a minimum of 500 hours can receive $1,000.

Students must also be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in September 2019. Applications will be accepted from September to November 30.

Over five years, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is investing $3 billion to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector.

Quotes

"The agriculture and agri-food sector offers great benefits to young people in Nova Scotia and across the country. Encouraging our youth to get first-hand experience working in the industry is one of the best ways we can support the farmers and food processors of tomorrow."

- Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament, Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia

"We know that our partners across the agricultural industry are experiencing a skilled labour shortage. By connecting young people to farms, the bursaries can help these businesses reach their potential. At the same time, students will experience careers in agriculture."

- Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture

"Hiring a student has meant an extra set of hands around the farm to help with our daily tasks during the busiest months. We are eager to share our experience and knowledge with our summer students."

- Kimberley Stokdijk, Stokdijk Greenhouses

"Though working on a farm is hard, it has been very interesting to learn how a greenhouse works and how to apply things that I've learned in school to the jobs that I am given each day on the farm. This has been one of the best experiences of my life."

- Aaron MacCabe, a 17-year old employed at Stokdijk Greenhouses for the summer

Quick facts

  • Eligible students must be employed by a farm that is registered in Nova Scotia. Students who work for a minimum of 250 hours can receive $500. Those who work a minimum of 500 hours can receive $1,000.

  • Students must also be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in September of that working year.

  • Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.

  • For more information or to apply, visit: Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary Program

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Contacts

Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
justine.lesage@canada.ca
613-404-1168 (Cell)

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
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Chrissy Matheson
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
902-471-2444
chrissy.matheson@novascotia.ca


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