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November 3, 2021

Canadian Agriculutral Partnership

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Addressing Agri-Food Sector Labour Force Challenges 

Addressing Agri-Food Sector Labour Force Challenges

Looking to fund short-term projects that focus on helping to build a resilient and strong labour force for the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sector by assisting to identify and address challenges and opportunities related to promoting, attracting, training and retaining labour. Project partnerships of not-for-profit organizations involved in the agriculture, agri-food sectors are eligible to apply.

The application intake opened on October 21, 2021 and will remain open while funding is available.

Target Audience

  • Project partnerships of not-for-profit organizations* involved in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sector that:
  • are heavily impacted by labour shortages; and
  • have the capacity to address gaps currently facing the sector and/or region.
  • A not-for profit organization* may be eligible to apply as a sole applicant but will be given lower merit/preference in comparison to partnerships.
  • * Ontario-based not-for-profit organization (including Ontario Indigenous communities or organizations, and municipalities) that is not an academic/research institution, may apply as a sole applicant.
  • For-profit businesses are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Projects

  • Eligible projects include those that:
  • Investigate challenges related to labour supply access, and identify opportunities to strengthen access to suitable labour supply and labour retention in the sector
  • Support activities that require additional data or validation prior to the implementation of labour attraction or training projects
  • Work to characterize and understand methods to reach identified labour force audiences
  • Implement new or enhanced approaches to attracting or retaining labour (e.g. promotion of in-demand skills and career opportunities in the sector)
  • Develop/implement new or existing programs or expand existing successful sector specific training approaches that address identified current and emerging challenges

Complete Program details can be found here. 

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