Harvest and Prosper fills farm jobs
Creating jobs for Islanders -
Islanders needing jobs are helping meet the agriculture sector’s workforce demands during its busy harvest season.
Harvest and Prosper is a program supported jointly by the Prince Edward Island government and industry groups. It has opportunities for up to 50 newcomers and social assistance and disability support clients, and also coaches and mentors participants to overcome future barriers to employment.
“Harvest and Prosper participants gain skills through work in the agriculture sector, and this transferable knowledge helps them transition into sustainable employment,” said Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant. “Harvest and Prosper gives farmers, social assistance and disability support clients, and newcomers a chance to grow together.”
The Adventure Group is coordinating the Harvest and Prosper Project through December. In addition, the PEI Association for Newcomers is assisting with safety clothing and boots for newcomer participants.
“If someone is ready to get back into the workforce, we help to remove barriers that may get in the way of that goal - such as a lack of transportation, child care, or even proper footwear - by providing support,” said Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy. “We know that current exemption levels for social programs are also a barrier to employment, so I am very pleased that social assistance and disability support clients participating in this program can earn up to $3,000 without affecting their social assistance benefits.”
“There are great jobs available in farming, with the sector employing over 3,800 people in peak periods,” Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac said. “With seven agricultural operations participating, Harvest and Prosper fills a real need for farmers during this busy season.”
Harvest and Prosper is supported by the provincial government departments of Workforce and Advanced Learning, Family and Human Services, and Agriculture and Fisheries. They are partnering with the Agriculture Sector Council, the Adventure Group and the PEI Association for Newcomers. Provincial investments are supported by the Canada-PEI Labour Market Development Agreement.