Host Young Skilled Farmers from Abroad
International Rural Exchange Canada is a non-profit organization that works with our farmer board of directors and host families to provide young agricultural workers with the opportunity to gain a positive view of the farming industry, people and culture of Canada. Our professional staff support hosts and trainees throughout the process, from the work permit application until the trainee returns home.
While our program aims to provide hosts with a reliable and cost-effective source of employees, it should not be seen as a way to get cheap, interchangeable labour. Each trainee comes with his or her own unique skills and interests. Hosts and trainees both benefit from being open to learn from each other.
Hosts provide ongoing support to trainees, including helping them apply for their SIN and set up a bank account. They provide food and accommodations.
Placements in our program are paid, with hosts being required to make employment deductions such as CPP, etc. Due to government restrictions, the maximum employment term allowed is 1 year.
Currently, we have a robust host membership representing dairy, crop, beef, and mixed farms. We are actively looking to recruit hosts in the following sectors:
To request more information or to apply to become a host, please call our office 306-489-4407 or complete the contact form.