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'A huge success': Pilot project helps address worker shortage on P.E.I. farms

A pilot project connecting Prince Edward Islanders in need of jobs with work on farms has had an added bonus.
The Harvest and Prosper Project ended in December, but some of the participants have been offered full-time employment this winter, helping fill a void on P.E.I. farms.
"The project exceeded our expectations," said Roxanne Carter-Thompson, executive director of The Adventure Group, one of the partners in the pilot program.
"This was a huge need for them, they have been crying for employees."
Change their life
The Harvest and Prosper project helped newcomers, people on social assistance or disability support, to find short-term work in the agriculture industry without affecting any benefits they were receiving.
The P.E.I. government, the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada and the Agriculture Sector Council also supported the program.
Of 32 participants in the program, more than a dozen landed full-time jobs after the pilot ended.
"So that's a really high number, we're really happy with that number," Carter-Thompson said.
"What it means for them is it's going to hopefully change their life, now that they're on a track of full-time employment and they can provide for their families."
Carter-Thompson said they started the pilot project with 10 employers, all of whom stayed with the program to the end and gave feedback and recommendations.
"We are hoping to see that this project will move forward but we don't have the commitment at this time," Carter-Thompson said. 
"But the partners are very happy about the success of this initiative."
Source : CBC