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


The Career Focus Program within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will contribute $864,000 annually to projects that employ recent graduates. Each approved project will be eligible to receive up to $20,000 in matching funds. The program will help create some 80 agricultural internships for recent graduates of a post-secondary program.

Each internship must be a meaningful length, not more than 12 months. The recommended minimum duration is four months, but internships must last long enough to provide meaningful experience to the employee.

Applications are accepted between November 1 and November 30 each year for internships beginning on or after April 1 of the following year. Applications are processed through rounds and on a first come, first served basis pending availability of funds.

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 employers are responsible for hiring and verifying the eligibility of participants for Career Focus activities. Visit the Career Focus Program site for full eligibility requirements. 


Last updated: September 4, 2018