The Team Food Island Student Job Bonus is back for 2023. Formerly known as Team Seafood and PEI Farm Team, the bonuses are designed to promote student employment in the agriculture, seafood processing and aquaculture sectors.
The program is being spearheaded by the PEI Seafood Association in partnership with the PEI Agriculture Sector Council and PEI Aquaculture Alliance, with funding from SkillsPEI.
Who qualifies for the program?
Qualifying employers are seafood processors, aquaculture growers, and the agriculture sector.
Students are eligible if they are residents of PEI, at least 15 years of age, has been studying full time in the current academic year and will be returning to full-time studies in high school or a post-secondary institution in the fall.
“Those who complete their work term and the minimum required hours (250 for high school students and grade 12 grads, 500 for post-secondary students) are eligible for a bonus of $1000 (for those returning to high school) or $2000 (for those going to post-secondary studies in the fall) on top of their regular wages,” says Jordan Bober, Team Food Island program administrator.
“Last year nearly 300 students found employment in through the Team Food Island program, and in our survey at the end of the year, 90 percent of participating students said they would recommend the program to their friends,” he added.
The program will reimburse employers for 50 percent of the bonus amounts paid to students.
Help with the job search
The PEI Agriculture Sector Council has been connecting students and other job seekers with farm employers for the last 29 years. Click here to view their job board.
The PEI Aquaculture Alliance also maintains a job board where some current opportunities are posted.