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 The ideal candidate for this award is an agricultural employee that through long serving, dedication, devotion, involvement, and thoughtfulness has contributed to the success and long-term profitability of the agriculture enterprise. The candidate will have long-term service in the agricultural industry. Deadline December 31, 2018.

For the Nomination form please click on "More Information" below:

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 Agricultural employers are encouraged to nominate employees for the 2018 PEI Agriculture Employee of the Year Award. The ideal candidate for this award makes an invaluable contribution to any farm operation. The candidate will have demonstrated a strong work ethic and shown dedication and commitment to the agricultural industry. 

The award is sponsored by Kool Breeze Farms. Deadline for Nominations is December 31, 2018. 

For the Nomination form please click on "More Information" below:

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 Do you have an agricultural employer who demonstrates a tremendous level of dedication and support to their employees? Why not nominate your employer for the 2018 PEI Agriculture Employer of the Year Award. The ideal candidate for this award is an agricultural employer that goes above and beyond to ensure that their employees have a positive work experience. 

The award is sponsored by T&K Fire & Safety Ltd. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2018.

For the Nomination form please click on "More Information" below:

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Poverty Reduction Council
 Islanders invited to serve on the poverty-reduction council

Supporting Island families

Islanders are invited to help implement the Poverty Reduction Action Plan by providing advice to government and support to community networks on initiatives that will help those who need it most. 

The Poverty Reduction Council will monitor the delivery of 67 concrete action items over five years and a $68 million investment focused on improving housing, food, employment and well-being.  Islanders can apply to join the council through Engage PEI until December 6.

“We need the voices and efforts of people from all walks of life coming together - community partners and other levels of governments to help empower all Islanders to be healthy and self-sufficient,” said Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy. “I look forward to the council’s advice to government and to the engagement of communities across the province.”     

The action plan, Belonging and Thriving, has four main goals: to help Islanders in need; to support the most vulnerable; to build on our supportive communities and partners; and, improving the well-being of children and youth.  

The Poverty Reduction Action Plan builds on recent government initiatives to reduce poverty such as the Housing Action Plan, AccessAbility Supports, Social Assistance Renewal, Seniors Health and Wellness Action Plan and Early Learning and Child Care Investments.

To learn more visit, Poverty Reduction Action Plan.

People have until Thursday, December 6 to apply for the Council through Engage PEI and we're looking for help in getting the word out.  You can find out more about the Council at


Media contact:
Bobbi Jo Walker
Department of Family and Human Services




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PEI Childcare information
The Early Childhood Development Association's page for parents provides a lot of great information, including a "choosing child care" link that will provide a checklist of what to look for when choosing child care. 

There is also a link to the Early Learning and Child Care Registry.  This is a central registry where parents can put their name on one or multiple wait lists for child care.  It is important to note that this Registry is in the process of a rebuild and will be updated in the near future.  Parents who sign up now, however, will transfer over to the new wait list.


I am including a link to the Directory of Licensed Early Learning and Child Care Centres.  This resource is updated annually and the current link has licensed programs up to March 2018.  There will be a new Directory coming out in the spring.  However, since the release of the Directory, a number of early learning and child care centres have been licenced.  They are:

Rainbow Beginnings:  2972 Mt. Stewart Road, St. Teresa  902-583-2200
Chances Pre-Kindergarten:  65 Kirkwood Drive, Charlottetown  902-892-8744
Chances Smart Start O'Leary 2:  18 Community Street, O'Leary  902-892-8744
Wee the West Childcare:  44 Gard Road, Bloomfield  902-726-2126

Link to Directory:   https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/eelc_directory_ecd_programs.pdf

Link to the Child Care Subsidy programhttps://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/family-and-human-services/help-for-child-care-expenses


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Teacher Resource Fund
UPDATED Teacher Resource Fund: A resource for teachers whom wish to purchase supplies that have a direct emphasis on agriculture education is now open for the 2018-19 school year courtesy of the Agriculture Awareness Committee!!

Please see the attached form if you are interested!!

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2018 Agricultural Labour Market Information Survey

2018 Agricultural Labour Market Information Survey 
Ensure a Healthy Future for Agriculture 

The 2018 LMI survey is here!

From October 12 to November 30, 2018, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is surveying stakeholders on the state of agricultural labour in Canada. We ask all owner-operators, agricultural workers and supporting stakeholder groups to take part to guide future action on the growing workforce crisis.

Canada is one of the largest agriculture exporters in the world. However, our ability to produce food is being threatened by our inability to find and retain a qualified, reliable workforce. Every province and commodity in Canada is affected by the agriculture sector’s chronic and significant labour shortages. And these shortages will only intensify as the global market for Canadian agricultural products rapidly expands to meet the demands of a growing world population.

Ongoing evaluation of the current labour market for Canada’s agricultural industry assists in quantifying shortages facing agriculture and accurately forecasting worker requirements. The research will also provide valuable information to job seekers, educators and government policymakers about current and future job opportunities, as well as inform agricultural employers about potential sources of workers for their operations.

We appreciate your taking the time to provide input on agricultural workforce issues. We invite you to 
complete the online survey.

Help us find solutions to labour shortages in Canada by participating in the Labour Market Information research study TODAY.

A Backgrounder and CAHRC News Brief are provided for you to include in your newsletter or other communication efforts to encourage your members to make their voices heard by participating in the survey.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Debra or Janet at any time. Thank you in advance for sharing this important information which will be used by policy makers to shape future agricultural labour decisions.
Best regards,


Debra Hauer
Manager AgriLMI
613.745.7457 ext. 227

Janet Krayden
Stakeholder Engagement Specialist
613.745.7457 ext. 226




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10 Years
 The PEIAGSC is proud to announce the PEI Farm Technician Apprenticeship Program is turning 10! If you are someone that has graduated or participated in the program there maybe a prize in your future. All you need to do is recruit students for the program. If they complete the five-week block release, you will receive a $50-dollar gas card for each student you recruited!


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2018 Open Farm Day
The PEI Agriculture Awareness Committee invites you to become a PEI Agricultural Ambassador and participate in this year’s Open Farm Day taking place on Sunday, September 16th.

This is the farming community's opportunity to ensure that factual information about the agriculture industry is being communicated to the general public so that they too can embrace our agricultural heritage.

It is your opportunity to take pride in your farm, your products, your contribution to a vibrant culture and economy, and most importantly to take pride in your profession. This year let's make it our responsibility as agriculture producers to make sure that every Islander understands the work, knowledge, skills, investment (both personal and financial) and real time invested in building a strong farming business that provides consumers with the highest quality PEI grown agricultural products. You can also help to educate consumers on the importance of buying local products to support our local economy.

It is important for the Agriculture industry for all producers to consider this opportunity and step up to be active participants.

Please find the 2018 Open Farm Day Application link below:

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Forklift Training
Are you interested in Forklift Training for your workers?

If so, please contact us and put your name on our list. There is a minimum of 10 people required for a course to proceed, so as soon as we have that number of people signed up we will book a date and location for the Forklift Training. 

50% of the cost of the training is covered through Canada Job Grants, and the remaining 50% would be covered by you, the employer.

The theory portion is approx 3 hours and the practical portion is approximately 3 hours. All participants will receive a wallet card upon successfully completing the course and employers will receive a record of training for their records. Those who are between the ages of 14-16 will require written parental/guardian approval. 

If you are interested, please call Bryan at 902-892-1091 or email jobseast@peiagsc.ca

Skid Steer Training
 The PEIAGSC is attempting to create a skid steer training and safety class. If you are interested please contact our Employment Officer at 902-892-2591 or at jobseast@peiagsc.ca. 

  • TREVOR BRANDER, Indian River Farms
  • DESIREE CABLE, Rollobay Holdings 

    We now have 25 Apprentices that have received their Blue Seals from the province of PEI !! Amazing job!

Dairy Relief Worker Training
 Within the agriculture sector on PEI there is always a need for skilled and semi-skilled workers on a seasonal and year round basis. The idea and function of this project is to provide training to anyone interested in a fulfilling part time job in Agriculture.In an attempt to fill this need, the PEIASC is attempting to create another training course on how to become a Relief Dairy Milker. The course will provide you with skills and training to help provide you with employment and will help meet the growing needs of our farms. To register, please contact Bryan at PEIAGSC at 902-892-1091/toll free 866-892-1091 or info@peiagsc.ca

Prosper Project
Last fall, the Harvest and Prosper pilot program provided farmers and agriculture companies with some much needed staff. The project provided participants with temporary jobs, and some workers gained full-time year-round work.
We are very excited that this project will go ahead again this year.
Please contact; Katharina Mueller our Program Officer. She will be happy to help.
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PEI Farm Team Bursary
PEI Farm Team is an initiative aimed at helping farms find student to work during the Summer months of 2018. The program consists of a bursary of either $500 or $1000. The program has been amended to allow for immediate family members to qualify for the bursary.
PEI Farm Team is a joint project involving the PEI Federation of Agriculture, the PEI Agriculture Sector Council, Skills PEI, and the Federal Government. 
Farm Team PEI provides students going into grades 11 or 12 in September a $500 bursary and students entering or returning to college or university a $1000 bursary. Students are required to work 250 hours ($500) and 500 hours ($1000) to get the bursary at the end of the summer. Government pays 75% of the bursary, while you the employer supply the other 25%.  
Participating farms are responsible for finding, interviewing, and employing the participating students.
If you are interested in accessing the PEI Farm Team Student Bursary(s) for students working on your farm this summer, please see the attached SkillsPEI PEI Farm Team Bursary information sheet for more details, or contact one of the following:
Skills PEI
Julie Patton
Tel: (902) 838-0688
PEI Farm Team
Chris LeClair
Tel: (902) 314-0623
PEI Agriculture Sector Council
Laurie Loane
Tel: (902) 892-1091

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PEI Seasonal Worker Skills Initiative Program

PEI Seasonal Worker Skills Initiative Program


Program dates :

Effective Immediately


Target Clients:

Seasonal workers who have exhausted or about to exhaust EI benefits prior to their scheduled return to work date.

Objective :

To offer training and/or work experience to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI benefits prior to their scheduled return to work date. Participants in the PEI Seasonal Worker Project will receive a stipend during training and receive Insurable Employment during the work experience.

Note: Employment Insurance benefits are the responsibility of the Government of Canada

Participant Criteria:

Ø  PEI Seasonal worker whose EI has exhausted or is about to exhaust prior to their scheduled return to work date.

Ø  Be ready, available and able to participate in training and/or a work experience.

Ø  Be ready to return to their job at the start of the work season.

Ø  Must meet with Workplace Learning PEI Inc. to be accepted into the program.

Essential Skills Training:

Workplace Learning PEI Inc. will be facilitating essentials skills training at various locations throughout the Island. Learning will occur in a workshop environment.  Training will be client driven and will consider the specific needs and workplace duties of the participants.


 Activities will focus on skills that are transferrable to the workplace such as;

Ø  effective communication

Ø  understanding workplace information and forms

Ø  working as a member of a team

Ø  responding to change in the workplace


The training is considered professional development. Participants will be greeted each morning to a welcoming room with hot coffee and refreshments.

Work Experience (Wage Subsidy):

Skills PEI will be reaching out to employers in an effort to arrange an early return date that will extend the seasonal workers employment period. Employers will be offered a wage subsidy for the extended weeks of employment.


Available Options for Seasonal Worker:

Option 1.  Workplace Essential Skills Training followed by a paid Work Experience

Ø  Full time training (5 days for 3 week 30 hours each week).

Ø  Participants will receive a stipend each week while in Essential Skills Training.

Ø  Participants may receive 3 to 5 weeks of insurable employment prior to their scheduled return to work date.

Option 2.  Work Experience combined with Essential Skills Training

Ø  Participants return to insurable employment and participate in essential skills training 1 day each week for approximately 5 weeks.

Ø  Participants may receive 6 to 8 weeks of insurable employment prior to their scheduled return to work date.

Interested Clients call Workplace Learning PEI at 902-368-6280


Employer Enquiries can be referred to Skills PEI at 902-438-4115


3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation

From field to road…do you have employees that drive your trucks, but don’t have their licenses? We are looking for experienced drivers that would like to obtain their Airbrakes and Class 3A license. The PEI Agriculture Sector Council will be facilitating these two courses through JVI and Access. This project will be processed through the Canada Job Grant and Skills PEI. Through the Canada Job Grant the Employer will be responsible for 50% of the cost of training.

Draft Schedule:

Day 1- Airbrake theory

Day 2- Review of Airbrakes and Airbrake test (written on site), Preform a pre-use inspection

Day 3- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Day 4- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Requirements- must have valid truck driving experience, but not licensed & Medical completed and returned

Lunch will be provided

For more details on registration requirements, contact Laurie at 892-1091.

Registration is now open, limited seating available. To sign up, contact the PEI Agriculture Sector Council at 892-1091 or e-mail info@peiagsc.ca

Farm Technician Apprenticeship Program.
Are you a farm employee looking to learn new skills and receive recognition for existing skills?
Are you a Farm Producer looking to help improve your work force?
There is a new and revised PEI Blue Seal program just for you!

Training Includes:

• Farm Health & Safety
• Tractor Safety
• Shop Skills
• Farm Equipment Use
• Equipment Maintenance
• Pesticide Use
• Soil and Nutrient Management
• Computer Software

If interested please contact the PEI AGSC at 892-1091 or email laurie@peiagsc.ca