Business Development Program: Agri-Skills

The Agri-Skills Program has two purposes:

  • to provide Prince Edward Island farmers and spouses with access to skills training which has the potential to increase farm profitability
  • to enable farm families to pro-actively manage business risks, and be better positioned to adopt new technologies for the farm.

Who is eligible for funding?

Farmers and/ or spouses

What activities are eligible?

  1. Participants will receive support to undertake skills development and training in farm-related skill areas including, but not limited to:
    • farming practices
    • business management
    • accounting
    • marketing
    • human resource management
    • other skills which may have been identified in the Action Plan developed through the Business Development Program: Self-Assessment.
  2. Participants may request to undertake skills and needs assessments through Holland College Assessment & Counseling Services, or the Program Lead may recommend/require this activity to clients prior to approving funding.

  3. Participants will work with a case worker to develop an Individual Learning Plan   (defined as the best plan for training to meet the goals of the participant).

How much funding assistance is available?

  • Up to $8,000 per participant and up to $16,000 per farm entity is available for farm-related  skills training over the life of the program. The farm entity may have two or more applicants.
    • Financial support is available on a cost share basis.  Agri-Skills will fund 75% of the eligible costs for the first training event and 50% of the eligible costs for repetitive training events.  Repetitive training is limited to two events per participant.  The maximum financial support available for any training event is $2,000.
    • Skills training with total costs that are less than $200 are not eligible for assistance.
  • Career assessment, if requested, and ongoing case management is provided at no cost to participants.

How do I apply?

Submit a completed Agri-Skills application form to PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Applicants may be requires to provide proof of gross farm sales.  Applicants will receive a letter to verify eligibility.

Forward completed and signed applications to:


PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
11 Kent Street, PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE    C1A 7N8
Attention: Lynda MacSwain
lemacswain@gov.pe.ca
Phone: (902) 368-4815
Fax:    902-368-4857

When does the program end?

This program is effective April 1, 2013 and will terminate on March 31, 2018.   This program may be altered or discontinued without notice by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

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General Inquiries

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
5th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street,
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PEI   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-4880
Fax: (902) 368-4857

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