Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada employees on a farm tour  

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada created an Indigenous student recruitment initiative to provide opportunities for students to transition to the workplace after their education is complete -- initially piloted in 2016 across four Western provinces, the program has expanded nationally, with the organization meeting over 3,000 high school and post-secondary students to date
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada employs a departmental Elder who is responsible for coaching, mentoring and advocating for Indigenous students working at the department, building positive relationships with Indigenous organizations and communities, and delivering cultural awareness sessions to employees
  • Through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's "Three Sisters: Back to our Roots" project, the organization works with Indigenous people from Kahnawake and Wendake communities to increase awareness and preserve ancestral varieties of corn, beans and squash, as well as preserve and promote their cultures
Members of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Indigenous Network Circle at a meeting  
"By embracing diversity and inclusion, our department ensures broader discussions, better decisions, and more positive results for our employees and for Canadians." Jane T., Champion of Gender and Sexual Diversity Inclusiveness Network


Industry Federal government, regulation of agricultural marketing and commodities
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 4,609
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Formal commitment accessibility and inclusion task force, workplace wellness team, official languages committee, mental health steering committee, Diversity Champions
Employee resource groups Diversity and Inclusion Network Secretariat that supports networks by providing guidance, support and training for co-chairs and members, funding for network activities and encouraging integration and collaboration, employee networks include Women in Science, Gender and Sexual Diversity Inclusiveness, Managers' Community, Young Professionals, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities, Indigenous Network Circle, SPROUT (students)
Diversity training and awareness training on unconscious bias, Indigenous culture, gender and sexual diversity and inclusion and cultural competence, diversity and inclusiveness learning resources such as research, articles, toolkits and webinars (offered through a partnership with Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion)
Diversity highlights participates in programs to pair Indigenous high school students with AAFC scientists, participates in the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program, hosted 2nd annual Diversity Month with over 40 activities to raise awareness, employs a Departmental Elder, Positive Space initiative, Indigenous Support and Awareness Office to advance reconciliation, Indigenous Student Recruitment initiative, Indigenous Pathfinder service (provide one-on-one support to help Indigenous peoples access relevant information, tools and support to start or expand activities in the agriculture and agri-food sector), AgriDiversity Program, a 5-year, up to $5-million initiative to help underrepresented groups participate in Canadian agriculture, Three Sisters: Back to our Roots Project to increase awareness and preservation of ancestral varieties of corn, beans and squash, and find new methods of growing plants
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships LiveWorkPlay (provides work opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities)

The Career Directory

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Staff at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Federal government, regulation of agricultural marketing and commodities
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Winnipeg MB
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Business/Commerce Actuarial Analysis, Commerce, Commercialization, Economics, Finance, International Trade, Marketing, Policy Analysis, Strategic Management, Communications, Marketing and Publishing, Translation, Writing/Editing, Human Resources, Classificiation, Labour Relations, Official Languages, Staffing and Recruitment, Workplace Wellness, Information Technology, Client Support Services, Computer Systems Analysis, Database Administration, Library and Information Services, Web Analysis, Internal Services, Administrative Services, Facilities/Material Management, Project Management, Procurement Science and Technology, Agroclimate Analysis, Animal Care-taking, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Trades, Engineering, Farm Labour, Field/Greenhouse Labour, Plant Biology, Soil Science
Starting salary $35K to $40K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited

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