Work-integrated learning for employers

Develop a skilled workforce to grow digital agriculture

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By exposing students to digital agriculture early on, organizations are able to foster new talent with in-demand skills, strengthening the talent pipeline.

Critical thinking, decision-making, and collaboration are some of the most important skills employers in digital agriculture look for in hiring talented employees fit for their organization. Employers who hire through WIL programs are able to develop these skill sets, making for a stronger workforce now and in the future.

When you participate in WIL programs, you make a direct connection to academia. Students can provide academic expertise to help solve research problems in the digital agriculture industry, including current challenges within your organization. Employers that hire through WIL programs can receive funding to offset the cost of hiring students. We know that this that can be daunting to navigate. Let us help!

Where can employers apply for WIL funding?

By exposing students to digital agriculture early on, you have an opportunity to develop talent and provide potential future employees with skills and training oriented to your unique needs. There are many different funding opportunities available year round, with some programs offering up to three funding cycles a year. Student placements can be flexible with start and end dates, as well as duration. Here are a few WIL funding opportunities to check out:

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AgriDiversity Program - Sustainable Canadian Ag Partnership
Check their website for the next application period.

The AgriDiversity Program assists Canadian organizations working in the agriculture and agri-food sector to support projects aimed at helping Indigenous Peoples, and other underrepresented and marginalized groups. AAFC will cover a maximum of 70% of eligible costs and funding, up-to $200,000 per year. This program is for not-for-profit organizations and academia organizations. Apply Here. Visit AgriDiversity Program - agriculture.canada.ca to learn more.

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Agriculture and Agri-food Canada YESP
Check their website for the next application period.

This program looks to support jobs for youth in the agriculture and agri-food industry. YESP offers to cover 50% of wages for youth with non-barriers and 80% of salaries of youth facing employment barriers, with a maximum of up to $14,000. Youth facing employment barriers can include Indigenous youth, youth with disability, racialized youth, etc. Applications from Indigenous applicants will be prioritized. Apply today. Visit YESP to learn more.

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BioTalent Student Work Placement Program
Accepting applications until August 15, 2024.

Biotalent’s SWPP offers employers up to $7,000 in wage subsidies to help hire post-secondary students in STEM, biotechnology, and many other programs. This program looks to support talent development and increase job-readiness. Learn more about current and future funding opportunities

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BioTalent Career Starter Program
Currently accepting applications for 2024

BioTalent’s Career Starter Program helps facilitate the transition of barriered youth aged 15-30, into the labour market, and introduce them to a career in the bioeconomy. This program provides employers with 50% of a youth’s salary, with a maximum of $15,000 for a three to six-month job placement. Learn more about the Career Starter Program.

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BioTalent Science Horizons Youth Internship
Accepting Applications for 2023/2024

BioTalent’s Science Horizons Youth Internship Program is a wage subsidy for employers in STEM related fields to hire post-secondary graduates. Employers hire new talent, while students develop their skills and on-the-job experience. Eligible employers can receive up to 80% coverage of a participant’s salary, with a maximum of $25,000. There is an additional wage subsidy of up to $5,000 to cover training or development costs that employers may be eligible for. The internship program must be full-time for six to twelve months. STEM has helped grow the digital agriculture sector with innovative technologies, and address food security. This program is great for those in agri-food, plant proteins, and digital agriculture.

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BioTalent Digital Skills for Youth
Currently Accepting Applications

The BioTalent Digital Skills for Youth program helps advance digital innovations by enhancing the digital and soft skills of post-secondary graduates through work and training opportunities. Eligible employers can receive 80% in wage subsidies, up to a maximum of $24,000 – a combination of wage subsidies and training costs. The internship must be full-time – at least 30 hours a week – for a minimum duration of 3 months. Employers must be a small or medium sized Canadian organization (under 500 employees) that provides digital internships with skill development training, mentoring, and support. To see the full list of digital internship and training examples, and how to apply visit Digital Skills for Youth - BioTalent Canada.

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CAHRC - AGRI Talent
Accepting Applications for Summer 2024.

CAHRC’s Growing Opportunities Student Wage Subsidy Program allows employers to hire post-secondary students as part of a work-integrated learning program. Employers can receive funding up to 50% of wages, to a maximum of $5,000 or up to 70% of wages, to a maximum of $7,000 for placements from underrepresented groups (women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, etc). This program focuses on connecting post-secondary students and employers in the agriculture industry to prepare a strong workforce for Canadian agriculture. Learn more.

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Canada Summer Jobs Grant
Check their website for the next application period.

The Canada Summer Jobs Grant funds experiential learning opportunities. It is a wage subsidy for not-for-profit, public sector, and private sector organizations to employ youth aged 15-30 and create a quality summer work experience. Not-for-profit employers can receive funding up to 100% of the provincial minimum wage, while the public and private sectors can receive up to 50% of the provincial minimum wage. The position must be full time (30-40 hours per week), and must be between 6 to 16 consecutive weeks. Learn more about funding opportunities.

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ICTC Pathways to Employment for Newcomers
Check their website for the next application period.

ICTC’s Pathway to Employment for Newcomers provides employers with a 70% wage subsidy, up to $15,000 for hiring newcomers into digital economy jobs. This program connects internationally educated IT professionals with Canadian employers. Employees hired through this program also gain access to foundational and work-ready e-Learning courses from ICTC.

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ICTC WIL Digital Program
Currently accepting applications for spring/summer 2024

ICTC WIL Digital Program helps employers grow their businesses by providing funding to hire post-secondary students within the digital economy. WIL Digital provides 50% of the student’s salary up to $5,000, or 70% up to $7,000 for underrepresented students. Learn more about applying for WIL Digital Funding. Reach out to EMILI at info@emilicanada.com to learn more about a fast-track application process for Manitoba digital agriculture companies.

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Mitacs Accelerate Program
Applications accepted year-round

The Mitacs Accelerate program connects organizations with post-secondary students to help solve industry research challenges by providing funding for innovative projects. Students can be from any academic discipline. Project proposals can be submitted year-round.

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Mitacs Indigenous Pathways
Applicable to all Mitacs programs, no submission deadlines

Mitacs offers further funding to help empower Indigenous innovation, with Mitacs | Indigenous. Partner organizations will only need to contribute 25% of total project costs. To qualify, partner organizations must be at least 50% Indigenous owned, a not-for-profit organization with a board of directors of at least 50% who self-identify as Indigenous, have an Indigenous mandate, or have a self-identified Indigenous intern. This pathway is applicable to all Mitacs programs.

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Province of Manitoba First Jobs Fund
Check their website for the next application period.

The First Jobs Fund looks to support non-profit organizations or non-government organizations looking to hire youth between the ages of 15 to 29 who face multiple barriers to employment. Priority will be given to proposals that include paid work opportunities, Indigenous-led organizations, and organizations who support Truth and Reconciliation activities. Visit First Jobs Fund to learn more and to apply.

Find the opportunity that's right for you

We work with industry and academic partners to strengthen the digital agriculture ecosystem by leveraging funding for placements, and introducing students to career opportunities in a diverse and exciting sector!

Did you know?

Did you know Manitoba has a Tax Credit for employers who hire students through work-integrated learning programs, apprenticeships, and co-op programs. Here are the hiring incentives that are fully refundable for the Manitoba Paid Work Experience Tax Credit

  • Youth work experience hiring incentive (25%, lifetime maximum $5,000)
  • Co-op student hiring incentive (15%, lifetime maximum $5,000)
  • Co-op graduate hiring incentive (15%, maximum $2,500)
  • Apprentice hiring incentive (15%, 20% for rural or northern early level, 25% for high school, maximum $5,000)
  • Journeyperson hiring incentive (15%, maximum $5,000)

Did you know students hired through a BioTalent program gain free access to training courses that focus on essential and technical skills fundamentals? These are valuable tools for on-boarding students and setting them up for success! Contact Joanne Jordan with any questions concerning these courses.

  1. Essential Skills Fundamentals - BioTalent Canada - This training focuses on foundational knowledge for learning higher-order concepts, technical and occupation-specific skills. Courses include development of: reading, writing, numeracy, document-use, communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. 
  2. Technical Skills Training - This training program gives learners the opportunity to develop key technical skills and knowledge. The five fundamental courses include: Scientific Report Writing, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC), and Good Clinical Practice (GCP).