Youth Employment and Skills Program: Step 4. After you apply

Step 4. After you apply

How long it will take to process your online application

There are no delays expected. Online applications should be processed within 50 business days.

We may contact you for additional information after receiving your application. Once you submit an application we will:

  1. send an acknowledgement email to you within 1 business day
  2. review and assess your application against the parameters and criteria of the program
  3. notify you in writing of final approval or rejection within 50 business days
  4. send you a payment within 30 business days of receipt of a duly completed and documented claim. This is applicable only if an agreement is signed
  5. respond to general inquiries made to our phone number and email address before the end of the next business day

If your project is approved

Successful applicants are required to enter into a Contribution Agreement (CA) with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The CA outlines the amount of funding that will be provided, as well as the applicants/recipients responsibilities and obligations.

Payments to recipients

AAFC will make payments based on claims submitted for eligible costs incurred and paid by the recipient in accordance with the terms and conditions of the CA. Each claim must be supported by details of the costs being claimed and certified by an authorized official of the Recipient.

For projects of less than eight months, AAFC will issue 100% of funds at the end of the internship, upon receipt of the final report, proof of salary payment to the candidate, and Financial Claim Form.

For projects of 8 to 12 months AAFC will issue 50% of funds after the first half of the internship, only upon receipt of the Financial Claim Form and proof of salary payment to the candidate. The payment of the last 50% is made at the end of the internship, upon receipt of the final reports, the Financial Claim Form and proof of salary payment to the candidate.

Youth Employment and Skills Program funds may be allocated for salaries and social benefits. Social benefits that the employer already pays to their employees are eligible expenses, i.e. cell phone, travel, vacation pay, etc. If the intern is a youth facing barriers, the applicant is eligible to claim expenses related to the intern to help support and employ them. These expenses could include critical transportation, assistance with dependents, accommodation needs, accessibility equipment/technology etc. The employer is responsible for paying the employee.

Reporting requirements

The Employer is responsible for completing and submitting to AAFC the required documents and evaluation reports at the mid-point and/or at the end of the project.

Evaluation and participant information forms

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