Workplace Needs Assessment

Workplace Needs Assessment in Agriculture: Helping Farmers with Recruitment, Retention, and Productivity Colin Bawn, Workforce Development Coordinator, is available to support farms in enhancing their recruitment, retention, and productivity by … Continued

Minimum Wage Increase

As of April 1st, 2024, the minimum wage in Nova Scotia has increased to $15.20 per hour. The increase follows the formula previously recommended by the Minimum Wage Review Committee … Continued

Interested in International Recruitment?

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA), Department of Agriculture (NSDA) and the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI) are exploring ways to support Nova Scotia’s agriculture sector through … Continued

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The annual call for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program launched during the week of November 20, 2023 and applications are due by January 10, 2024. For 2024, Canada Summer Jobs … Continued

Workplace Education Courses Winter 2024

Farm and Workforce Development is excited to offer four courses, in collaboration with the Workplace Education Initiative, to begin in January 2024. These are 40 hours courses which take place … Continued

Improving Efficiencies On-farm

There are many things out of a farmer’s control that can impact their business- increasing input costs, labour shortages, and market price for products are just a few. By encouraging … Continued

Grants for Digital Adoption and Technology

How Canadians do business has changed. To stay competitive and grow, businesses, including farm businesses, need to adopt new digital tools. The Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) can provide funding … Continued

Recognized Employer Pilot (TFWP)

To help reduce administrative barriers, the Government of Canada has announced a new Temporary Foreign Worker Program Recognized Employer Pilot. This new 36-month LMIA validity period is a crucial step … Continued

Median Hourly Wage Update for TFW Programs

The provincial/ territorial median wage data is updated annually and used to determine whether a position falls into the Low-Wage or High-Wage Streams. This means, employers are eligible for the … Continued

Training Assessment Survey

The Farm and Workforce Development team supports farmers with non-technical and technical skill training programs. To help us do this, we have launched a survey to better understand the training … Continued

Continuous Improvement at NSFA AGM

Join us at the NSFA Annual General Meeting on November 24th and 25th. The Friday afternoon speaker will be Jana Hocken, from The Lean Dairy Farm! Zooming in live from … Continued

Winter Workplace Education Courses Announced

The Farm & Workforce Development team is coordinating with the  Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration through their Workplace Education Initiatives to deliver 4 courses in the winter 2023 term. … Continued

CAHRC’s Growing Opportunities student wage subsidies

CAHRC’s Growing Opportunities wage subsidy program supports agriculture employers as they hire post-secondary students for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements. Funding covers up to 50% of wages, unless you hire a student that … Continued

Poetry Contest

In the middle of this busy season, find a few minutes to reflect on what being in agriculture means to you…..then put pen to paper and create a poem for … Continued

Launched: Nova Scotia Farm Discovery

Our new navigational tool has launched! Through a collaboration between the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Perennia, has been developed, tested and … Continued

Continuous Improvement

NSFA has launched a project through Farm and Workforce Development to help our members learn about and apply Continuous Improvement principles and best practices to their farming operations. Keep your … Continued

Youth Employment and Skills Program

The Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) delivered by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 program year. Applications will be accepted between February 28, 2022 and March 21, 2022. … Continued

Bridge Into Agriculture

Bridge Into Agriculture is a collaborative project from Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, African Nova Scotian Affairs, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Dalhousie University, Extended Learning. This program features … Continued

Temporary change in advertising for LMIAs

In an effort to streamline the processing of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, ESDC is implementing a temporary policy change to requirements … Continued

Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program is moving online and ready to receive applicants through their AIP Portal. In light of critical labour shortages additional supports are being provided. These include things … Continued

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