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Students, Farms Benefit from Bursary

Students with work experience on a farm can still apply for a 2021-2022 Nova Scotia Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary to help them pursue post-secondary studies.

More than 200 Nova Scotia students have been awarded the bursaries since their introduction in 2019, with 180 farms participating. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia support the initiative through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

“These bursaries help address the labour gap for primary agriculture producers in Nova Scotia, and introduce agriculture as a viable career option for students,” said Greg Morrow, Minister of Agriculture. “I encourage eligible students to apply before the deadline.”

Since 2019, $170,000 in bursaries has been awarded to Grade 12 and post-secondary students in the province. The 2021-2022 program is open for applications until November 30.

Quotes:

I learned to be organized and to work quickly and efficiently in my summer work on the farm. I learned to be dedicated and I know I am capable of bringing this to my studies, so I am grateful to the On-Farm Student Bursary program for recognizing the value of my on-farm work experience and supporting my education. Rebecca van de Wiel, former student participant

I learned how to work in a professional shop environment with others in my trade, how to perform maintenance, and how to fix breakdowns to keep equipment running. This program helped me get that valuable experience. Jonah Hiltz, former student participant

It was a pleasure to have students working on my farm. They were positive and enthusiastic. The financial support from the bursary program for their education was appreciated by the students and me, as well. Dwayne Barteaux, Barteaux Farms Limited, Annapolis Co.

Quick Facts:

  • the program is open to eligible students from Grade 12 and post-secondary institutions
  • students eligible to apply must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution, have been employed by a Nova Scotia-registered farm between May 1 and September 10, 2021, and have completed a work term of 250 to 500 hours
  • students who have worked 250 hours on a farm are eligible for a bursary of $500 while students who have worked 500 hours are eligible for a bursary of $1,000
  • students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and must reside in Nova Scotia
  • funding for the bursaries is provided under The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) agreement; through CAP, federal, provincial and territorial governments promote productivity and profitability for the agriculture sector

Additional Resources:

Details about the program are available at https://novascotia.ca/programs/on-farm-student-bursary/ or by emailing the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture at

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