Wage subsidy available for student workers on the farm

If you’re thinking about hiring a student for summer employment, there’s only a few days left to apply for provincial assistance.

The Summer Farm Employment Program offers wage support of up to $400 per month for July and August as well as worker’s compensation coverage and safety training information.

“Employers must own or rent a farming operation in Alberta and work must be directly related to the farming operation,” said program co-ordinator Mary Ann Nelson. “This doesn’t include domestic work or child care. Employers must recruit their own employee, provide daily supervision, and ensure safe working conditions for their employee. Monthly records of time worked must be completed by the employer.”

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Employees must be Alberta residents between 15 and 24 years of age and cannot be a direct relative of the employer. They can’t work full time anywhere else or attend school while participating in the program. If they have been working full time prior to July 1 for the employer, they are not eligible for the program.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accepted until all program funds are committed or May 31, whichever comes first. (Applications received after May 31 will not be processed unless funding is available.) For more info, go to agriculture.alberta.ca or call the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

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