Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Career Focus Program


The Career Focus Program within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will help fund 65 agricultural internships for Canadian graduates. Each internship will last at least four months to a maximum of 12 months. They will be long enough to provide meaningful experience to the employee.

The program provides $864,000 annually to projects that hire graduates in agriculture, agri-food science and veterinary medicine. 

Each approved project will be eligible to receive up to a maximum of $20,000 in matching funds. Applications are processed through rounds and on a first come, first served basis pending availability of funds.

Applications are accepted between November 1 and November 30 each year for internships beginning on or after April 1 of the following year.

Special Requirements 

Eligible employers are organizations who can offer projects that will give employees:

  • agriculture career-related work experiences in Canada
  • skills acquisition through mentoring and coaching

These organizations may be from:

  • industry
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • provincial and municipal governments
  • associations
  • boards
  • councils
  • universities

Eligible employees must be:

  • between the ages of 15 and 30
  • unemployed or under-employed
  • have graduated in the last three calendar years from:
    • an agriculture-related program in a university, college or CEGEP or
    • a provincial program focusing on biological, agricultural and veterinary science or applied technology and
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Last updated: August 21, 2017