The Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary program aims to:

  • help address the labour gap for primary agriculture producers in Nova Scotia; and
  • introduce agriculture to students as a viable career option


An eligible applicant is a student that:

  • is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada;
  • is a resident of Nova Scotia;
  • is enrolled in a post-secondary institution in September (of the program year); and
  • is employed by a Nova Scotia registered farm guaranteeing a minimum work term of 250 to 500 hours between May 1st to the end of the 1st week in September.

Students who work at least 250 hours can qualify for a $500 bursary. Students who work at least 500 hours can qualify for a $1000 bursary.

Bursaries are additional to wages paid by the employer.

Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed eligibility.

Important dates

Program Opening: September 1, 2020
Application Deadline: November 30, 2020

Eligible On-Farm Employment Period:
May 1st  to the end of the 1st week of September

For more details on important deadlines see the Program Guidelines.

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit the Application Form to the Programs & Business Risk Management office.
  • Attach proof of enrollment in school
  • Attach copies of Record of Employment (ROE)

Contact Us

Agriculture – Programs and Business Risk Management Division
74 Research Dr.
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Phone: 902 893-6377
Toll-free: 1 866 844-4276
Fax: 902 893-7579