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The CIF is an organization that welcomes French speaking newcomers and helps them get settled in Prince Edward Island. We also organize activities to raise awareness about cultural diversity. CIF is in charge of  the francophone population growth dossier for the Acadian and Francophone Community of PEI.
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What is the goal of the AgriInterCulture 
program?

-        To grow the PEI Acadian and Francophone Community

-        Help PEI farmers recruit skilled labour to fill their on-farm human resource needs


Who are the workers, and where are they from?

-        Francophone skilled agricultural workers who are currently enrolled in or have graduated from an agricultural program, or who have experience working in agriculture

-        Are eligible for a temporary Canadian work visa; most will be from France + Belgium


How long do the workers need to work on the farm?

-        3 to 24 months, with the potential to extend (will vary with each worker’s visa type)


Do I need to pay the workers?


-        Yes, workers must be paid, + rates of pay will established between the farmer and the worker when creating the work contract agreement

o   $10.50/hr for students (PEI’s current Minimum Wage)

o   $14.00/hr + for graduates and specialized workers


What about room + board?

-        Farmers can CHOOSE to provide room + board for AgriInterCulture worker

-        Farmers who host their worker(s) on farm receive a discount from off the worker’s wage

o   Allowed to deduct a maximum of:

§  $25 per week - housing only;

§  $45 per week - meals only; or

§  $56 per week - full room and board

-        Those unable to host their worker(s) must cover home-to-farm commute for their worker

o   Farmers opting asked to assist with the search for a suitable living arrangement for the worker


What are some the CIF services for farmers?

-        Access to high skilled labor for up to 24 months, with the potential for extension

-        Job advertising + worker recruitment

-        Assistance settling worker into PEI culture

-        Work contract development assistance

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