Canadian Company Offered A Job And 2 Acres To Come Work!

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Finding workers for lower-paying jobs is tough. It is even more difficult in small towns. This is why this Canadian company offered a job and two acres of land to anyone willing to relocate and come work for them – and it worked. (1)

Canadian Company Offered a Job and Two Acres of Land to Workers

Sisters Heather Coloumbe and Sandee Maclean co-own The Farmer’s Daughter Country Market in Whycocomagh in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. This tiny town on the east coast of Canada has a population of just 400 people, with a neighboring First Nations community of 600 people. (1)

Sitting along the Trans-Canada Highway, The Farmer’s Daughter is open all year-round and employs 100 people throughout all of its operations. In 2016, however, the sisters were unsure how they were going to keep it that way. (1)

The market employs a large number of students who were almost all planning on returning to school that fall. Without staff to replace them, the market would have to close. (1)

The More Traditional Route

At first, the sisters followed regular protocol for letting people know they were hiring. They put up ads on places like Service Canada, but the only response they got was from people overseas. Not a single local person applied. (1)

“We looked into doing immigration and stuff, but that was going to take too long. So we actually put ads on Kijiji right across the country, but we didn’t get anyone there either,” Coloumbe explained. (1)

The sisters were undoubtedly in a bind. One day, however, Maclean had an idea while hiking Campbell’s Mountain. While gazing at the gorgeous view of the Bras d’Or Lake, she thought that perhaps the only way to attract people to the town to work was to make them an offer that they can’t refuse. (1)

A Job, Some Land, and a Fresh Start

If there’s one thing the Farmer’s Daughter has a lot of, it’s land. Maclean thought that perhaps this was the incentive people needed:

Offer them two acres of their wooded land for free. The new employee can come here, establish themselves in a tiny home or cabin, and work at The Farmer’s Daughter. After five years, if they still work for them and still want to, they can pay to have the land put in their own name. (1)

Maclean rushed back down the mountain to tell her sister about her brilliant idea. Though slightly taken aback by the idea, Coloumbe agreed that it might just be out-there enough to work. (1)

On their Facebook page, they described the town, which enjoys beauty and activity in all four seasons. They then wrote this:

“We cannot offer you big money (wages in local small Cape Breton businesses are not high) but we can offer you a great incentive to come and try us out. One thing our business does have is LOTS of LAND. If you decide this opportunity might fit your dreams and goals for a close to nature and community focused life, then we are willing to offer you 2 acres of woodland where you can immediately set up your tiny house or quaint cabin. Plus give you access to our farmland and other resources we have available. If you are still working with us after five years and we all still like each other after that time, then the land is yours for the cost of migrating it out and putting it in your name.” (2)

The response was more than they could have imagined.


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An Incredible Response

Within one week they received 4,000 applications, which then grew to over 300,000. The offers came from around the world, however, applicants are only eligible if they are legally allowed to work in Canada. (1)

Though the initial idea was launched in 2016, their website still promotes the job-land agreement on the employment section of their website. If the opportunity to live a slower-paced life in a place that provides no limit for outdoor adventure entices you, you can email your resume to them here.

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