Youth in agriculture

Engaging Youth

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Apply to be a member of the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council

Youth and young farmers are the future of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. Your fresh ideas and approaches will help build a strong, innovative sector ready to meet the changing needs of tomorrow, which is why we want your input on future programs and services.

Programs and services

The following programs provide funding and support to help your business continue to innovate and remain competitive.

Advance Payments Program

Provides producers with a cash advance based on the value of their agricultural products.

AgriDiversity Program

Helps under-represented groups in Canadian agriculture, including youth, women, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disabilities to fully participate in the sector.


Offers protection against production losses caused by hail, drought, flooding, disease and other natural hazards.


Helps cover income declines and supports investments that help mitigate risks.


Offers protection against declines in farm income as a result of low prices, rising input costs and production losses.

Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program

Increases availability of loans to new and existing farmers to establish, improve or develop their farms.

Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative

Offers Indigenous students work experience that allows for personal growth while contributing to the goals of the department.

Youth Employment and Skills Program

Provides funding to organizations for the creation of agricultural internships that provide career-related work experiences to youth and youth facing barriers.

You can also use AgPal to find agriculture-related federal, provincial and territorial programs and services that are relevant to your needs.

Your provincial or territorial government may also offer other programs and services for young and beginning farmers.

Training and learning


AgCareers provides access to post-secondary and continuing education programs in North America.

Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs

The Association’s page lists educational institutions offering agricultural programs.

Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Lists educational institutions offering agricultural programs.

Farm Credit Canada

Offers free events tailored for anyone involved with Canadian agriculture, as well as a Young Farmer Loan.


Matches you with established farmers for mentoring relationships, business partnerships, employment or land transfers.

Organizations and resources

4-H Canada

4-H Canada is an organization for young people between the ages of 8 and 21.

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

Researches and develops solutions to the challenges in employment and skills development in agriculture.

Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

A national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and workers.

Canadian Outstanding Young Farmers Program

Awards and recognizes young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession.

Canadian Young Farmers' Forum

Provides education, leadership training and capacity building for young agriculture producers in Canada.

Community Information Database

Provides access to over 900 economic, social, and demographic indicators.

Farm Management Canada

A national organization dedicated to providing resources to enable Canadian farmers to make sound management decisions.

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