Youth Employment and Skills Program: Step 5. Complete the application and apply

Step 5. Complete the application and apply

Intake period: Closed

The application intake period is closed.

Annex A: How to complete the application form

Use the step-by-step instructions below to help you complete your application form. If you have any trouble when you complete or submit the application, please contact us.

The application form has 4 tabs. Complete each tab.

1. Organization information

AAFC uses the information you give in this section to confirm your organization's identity and to verify your organization's eligibility for funding based on a valid Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number.

Organization type
  • For-profit: Organizations that exist to make a profit. They may include:
    • Partnership
    • Corporation
    • Co-operative
  • Not-for-profit: Organizations that operate solely for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure or recreation, or any other purpose except profit. They may include:
    • Association of workers and/or employers
    • Local community, charitable or voluntary organization
    • Sector council
    • Corporation
  • Individuals or sole proprietorships: A single person applying on behalf of themselves or an unincorporated business that has only one owner
  • Provincial / Territorial / Municipal Government
  • Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, Métis): A First Nation, Inuit or Métis individual or a First Nation, Métis or Inuit organization. They may include:
    • First Nations, Inuit or Métis community and/or governmentEndnote 1
    • First Nations, Inuit, or Métis association
    • First Nations, Inuit, or Métis individual
    • First Nations, Inuit, or Métis not-for-profit organization
    • First Nations, Inuit, or Métis for-profit organization
  • Academia: Organizations involved in providing education or developing educational materials or tools. They may include:
    • private university and college
    • public degree-granting college
    • public degree-granting university
    • public community colleges and vocational school
    • school board/other educational institution
Organization identification
Legal name of your organization

Your organization's legal name, as it appears in legal documents such as articles of incorporation, certificate of incorporation, etc.

Operating as (if used)

Enter the name under which your organization operates, if that name is different from its legal name.

CRA business number

Enter the first 9 digits of your 15-digit Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number.

Example: 123456789 RR 0001

For more information, visit Business number (CRA).

If you do not have a CRA Business Number, enter 9 zero's (that is, 000000000), but you will need to provide one if approved for funding.

Primary contact – for this application

Enter the contact information of the person in your organization who is responsible for responding to inquiries about this application.

First name and Last name

Provide the name of the person in your organization who will be AAFC's primary contact about this application.

Position title

Please give the position title of the primary contact.

For example, Business Owner, President, Executive Director.

Email address, Phone numbers and Fax number

Provide the email and telephone number(s) of the primary contact. If applicable, provide a fax number. Please note AAFC will use this information to communicate with your organization about the application.

Language of correspondence

Provide the preferred language of the primary contact for written and verbal communication.

Project contact

If your project is approved for funding, this is the person who will discuss the project with AAFC. This person can be the same as the Primary Contact.

First name and Last name

Provide the name of the person in your organization who will be AAFC's project contact for the proposed project.

Position title

Please give the position title of the project contact.

For example, Business Owner, President, Executive Director.

Email address, Phone numbers and Fax number

Provide the email and telephone number(s) of the primary contact. If applicable, provide a fax number. Please note AAFC will use this information to communicate with your organization about the project.

Language of correspondence

Provide the preferred language, English or French, of the project contact for written and verbal communication.

Mailing address

Enter the complete address of your organization's headquarters or regional headquarters.

Primary project location

Enter the address where the project will take place if it is different than the mailing address, or indicate that the address is the same as the mailing address.

If there are multiple project locations, for the primary location, enter the address for the project location where activities associated to the largest portion of the budget will take place.

Organizational capacity

AAFC will use the information you provide in this section to understand more about your organization and to assess your ability to carry out this project.

How many employees work for your organization?

Include the number of all full-time and part-time employees on your organization's payroll. Do not include contractors.

Describe your organization (for example, when it was established, the mandate/mission, and who it serves.)

Include your organization's mandate/mission, priorities, and who it serves. Provide a brief history of your organization including when it was established and any significant changes in the past 2 years (for example, a significant increase/decrease of staff, changes to executive leadership, including the Board of Directors, a change in mandate).

Has your organization received any funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada within the last 6 years?

Indicate if your organization has received funding from AAFC within the last 6 years. If yes, and if known, list the program(s) your organization received funding from, the name of the projects and the amount received.

Describe how your organization has the capacity to deliver this project.

Refer to past AAFC funded projects. If no projects have been funded by AAFC, refer to other projects of similar scale that your organization has delivered in the past. For example: describe whether your organization has adequate staffing resources, access to suitable resources, and management capacity; describe the results of the previous projects, level of complexity or expertise used for past projects including experience managing a budget or submitting claims, etc.

Responses to the following questions will be used for reporting and program planning purposes, and will not impact the success of the application.

Does the mandate/mission of your organization target any of the following groups? (Select all that apply)

Indigenous peoples

The collective name for the original peoples of Canada and their descendants and consists of distinct, rights-bearing communities comprising First Nations peoples, Inuit, and Metis.

First Nations
are a people composed of many different nations having their own origin, history and culture, and whose members have called North America home for thousands of years. First Nations include status and non-status Indians.
are a people whose members are of mixed First Nations and European ancestry, are united by a common origin, history and culture, and are generally accepted by the Métis Nation.
are a people that inhabit or that traditionally inhabited the northern regions and Arctic coasts of Canada known as Inuit Nunangat, and whose members are united by a common origin, history and culture.

Indigenous organizations may include:

  • Aggregated Indigenous entities (as self-defined by Indigenous groups, could be linked by cultural or linguistic background, geographical area or historical treaty lines);
  • Associations;
  • National and regional Indigenous organizations;
  • Indigenous non-governmental and voluntary associations and organizations, including non-profit organizations and corporations; and
  • Self-governing Indigenous governments.
Persons with disabilities

The Employment Equity Act defines "persons with disabilities" as persons who have a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric or learning impairment and who

  1. consider themselves to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment, or
  2. believe that a employer or potential employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment, and includes persons whose functional limitations owing to their impairment have been accommodated in their current job or workplace.
Members of Visible Minorities
The Employment Equity Act defines "members of visible minorities" as persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.
One of many gender identities. Includes all people who identify as women.
Individuals aged between 15-30.
Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other people who identify as part of sexual and gender diverse communities who use additional terminologies.
Not Applicable
Use this selection if the question is not relevant to your organization.
Decline to identify
Use this selection if you do not want to disclose this information at the time of your application.

Is your organization majority owned (more than 50%) by one or more of the following groups? (Select all that apply)

See the information above for groups included in previous questions, as well as the following group:

Gender parity
A minimum of 50% women and/or non-binary individuals.
A person whose gender identity does not align with a binary understanding of gender such as man or woman. It is a gender identity which may include man and woman, androgynous, fluid, multiple, no gender, or a different gender outside of the "woman—man" spectrum.

Does your organization's Board of Directors have a diverse composition with significant representation (30% or more) from one or more of the following groups? (Select all that apply)

See the information above for groups included in the previous questions.

Does your organization have a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Plan or a Human Resources Plan that supports diversity, equity and inclusion?

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan
An employment equity plan addresses under-representation of marginalized groups such as Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, youth, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and official language minority people and employment barriers they may face. A diversity, equity and inclusion plan goes beyond an employment equity plan to address under-representation and employment barriers for employment equity and equity-seeking groups to advance diversity, equity and inclusion commitments in the workplace.
Human resources plan that supports DEI
A plan that links human resources management to the organizations overall strategic and operational plans and includes objectives to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Does your organization participate in the 50 - 30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage?

The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative co-created by the Government of Canada, civil society and the private sector that aims to attain gender parity and significant representation (at least 30%) of other under-represented groups on boards and senior management positions in order to build a more diverse, inclusive, and vibrant economic future for Canadians.

The challenge will allow a variety of organizations to participate across 3 program streams including small and medium enterprises and non-profit organizations, and those without Boards of Directors or senior management teams. The Challenge includes:

  1. Organizations that meet the Challenge
  2. Organizations that are working towards the Challenge

For more information, please visit: The 50 - 30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage.

2. Project information

AAFC will use the information in this section to determine the eligibility of the project.

Are you applying for funding to hire more than one intern candidate?

  • A separate Project Application Form is required for each intern supported by the program. Applicants who choose to apply for multiple interns must complete a separate Project Application Form for each intern. To reduce the administrative efforts involved in developing multiple new Project Application Forms, applicants can save a final copy of their first intern Project Application Form, and resubmit subsequent unique versions for each new intern with minor changes.

Project title

  • Provide a short, descriptive project title that accurately reflects the activities and results of the project.

Project description

  • Briefly describe your organization's Line of Business. (maximum 500 characters)
  • Describe the activities that would be undertaken by the intern for the duration of the internship. (maximum 500 characters)
  • Identify the mentor and their background that is applicable to overseeing these activities. (maximum 500 characters)

Results and benefits

  • Describe the benefits, for the Agriculture sector and the local community that will result from the completion of this project. (maximum 500 characters)
  • Describe the employability skills being taught to the intern. (maximum 500 characters)
Environmental considerations

The purposes of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) include ensuring that projects to be carried out on federal lands or outside Canada are considered in a careful and precautionary manner in order to avoid adverse environmental effects. Before AAFC provides financial assistance for the purpose of enabling a project on federal lands to proceed, it must determine whether the carrying out of the project, in whole or in part, is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help you answer the questions in the Project Application Form, examples and more information follow.

  1. Is the proposal a "project" as defined by the IAA?

    Examples of projects include:

    • construction of a greenhouse
    • installation of a permanent irrigation system
    • building construction or demolition
    • any other activity related to a permanent human-made work

    Activities that are not considered projects include:

    • administrative or marketing activities
    • workshops
    • training or hiring staff
    • installation of temporary or portable systems
    • any other activity not related to a physical work
  2. Where does the project take place?

    AAFC has certain obligations under the IAA, if providing financial assistance to projects on federal land. Under the IAA, "federal lands" means:

    1. lands that belong to [His] Majesty in right of Canada, or that [His] Majesty in right of Canada has the power to dispose of, and all waters on and airspace above those lands, other than lands under the administration and control of the Commissioner of Yukon, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut;
    2. the following lands and area:
      1. the internal waters of Canada, in any area of the sea not within a province,
      2. the territorial sea of Canada, in any area of the sea not within a province,
      3. the exclusive economic zone of Canada, and
      4. the continental shelf of Canada; and
    3. reserves, surrendered lands and any other lands that are set apart for the use and benefit of a band and that are subject to the Indian Act, and all waters on and airspace above those reserves or lands.

If you answer "Yes" or "Unsure" to Question A and "Federal lands or lands outside Canada" or "Reserves, surrendered land or other land set apart for the use and benefit of a band and that are subject to the Indian Act" to Question B, further assessment may be required by AAFC. AAFC will contact you as necessary.

Project data collection

The following set of questions will be used for reporting purposes only, and will not directly affect the outcome of your project's assessment.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is an industry classification system developed by the statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States. For more information, we invite you to visit the Statistics Canada website.

Select the NAICS identifier that best applies to this project or to the industry your project represents:

  • Agricultural production
  • Food and beverage manufacturing
  • Other manufacturing
  • Other activities

We recognize that not all projects will fit perfectly into one identifier; if this is the case for the project, select the identifier that best defines the overall intent of the project, or the identifier that best applies to the activity with the highest dollar value.

Select any of the following groups described above who will directly benefit from the intent of the project activities

  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Members of Visible Minorities
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Not applicable
  • Decline to identify
Official Languages

AAFC is committed to enhancing the vitality of official language minority communities (OLMCs), supporting and assisting their development, and promoting the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.

Please note that answering "no" to the following questions will not influence the outcome of your application. However, AAFC will validate and/or discuss this information with you to determine if linguistic commitments should be included in agreements.

  • Do the project activities have the potential to reach an audience of both English speakers and French speakers?
  • Would the project activities specifically target an official language minority community (French speakers outside Quebec or English speakers in Quebec)?

Attach the following documents as part of a complete application package.

A copy of the organization's Certificate of Incorporation or articles of incorporation (if applicable)
Certificates and Articles of Incorporation are issued and filed, respectively, by or with provincial, territorial or federal government that document the organization's status as a legal entity.
Additional options for Indigenous applicants

Documentation for First Nations and Tribal Councils is not required, as the status can be validated with Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.

Additional options for other Indigenous applicants:

  • a Director's Resolution (DR)
  • a self-government agreement or modern treaty agreement
  • a legal document stating they are a legal entity can be accepted as proof the organization is a legal entity

3. Project costs

Project start and end dates
  • Project Start date cannot be before April 1, 2024
  • Project Start date cannot be later than January 1, 2025
  • Project End date cannot be later than March 31, 2025
Business rules
  1. Total Salary must be entered manually with no limitation to the amount
  2. AAFC Contribution amount is calculated as follows:
    1. 50% of Total salary for all non-indigenous applications
    2. 80% of Total salary for all Indigenous applications
  3. AAFC Contribution amount cannot exceed $14,000.00. If the calculated amount is greater than $14,000.00, AAFC contribution is displayed as $14,000.00.
  4. AAFC Contribution amount is not editable.

4. Declarations

Read and complete the declarations.

5. Submit

Save the application form (use File — Save) and review all the fields before you submit. Submission will fail if the form contains missing information for required fields and/ or unbalanced values. These are identified as error messages. Correct the errors and submit again.

Once the form is submitted successfully, no further changes can be made via this interactive form.