Growing the AgriWorkforce

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council is a national, non-profit organization focused on addressing human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada.

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The National Women in Agriculture and Agri-Food Network Project is committed to fostering the advancement of women in agriculture by addressing critical barriers and creating opportunities for leadership development. Here are some of the main components and goals of the project:


National Workforce Strategic Plan

CAHRC, together with partners the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Food and Beverage Canada (FBC-ABC) have announced the launch of the National Workforce Strategic Plan for Agriculture and Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Read the news release

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HR Tools

Whether you manage HR full time or it is one of many hats, we have your tools for success.

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Our Partners

Partnership is vital to our mission. With the support of our partners, we address the workforce challenges of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry.

Programs and Initiatives

To support the agriculture industry in meeting current and future labour market needs, CAHRC’s programs provide valuable research and detailed insights to help grow and strengthen your workforce.


AGRI LMI is a program focused on assessing the current agricultural labour market, projecting the future supply and demand for agricultural workers, and recommending potential solutions to the sector's labour issues.


AGRI Jobs supports the agricultural industry and employers by building nationally validated job information to clarify skills requirements for agricultural positions. In partnership with the AGRI Skills program, this job information provides tools that are targeted training options for agricultural employers, employees, associations and educators.

AGRI Skills

Practical, targeted training options for agricultural employers, employees, associations and educators, the AGRI Skills Program addresses agriculture's biggest workforce challenges and supports the development of a productive, profitable business.

AGRI Talent

AGRI Talent supports the development of connections and networks among post-secondary students, institutions and employers and contribute towards preparing a job ready workforce. These networks will help bridge the gap between respective groups and create sustainable relationship for the future.  

AGRI Workforce Issues

AgriWorkforce Issues is a program focused on assessing the current agricultural labour market, projecting the future supply and demand for agricultural workers, and recommending potential solutions to the sector’s labour issues.

AGRI Diversity

CAHRC recognizes that women, Aboriginal people, immigrants, and persons with disabilities are underrepresented and have a valuable role to play in the agricultural workforce. CAHRC supports workplace diversity by developing practical tools designed to help agricultural employers become an inclusive, supportive employer of choice.


Tools at your disposal

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council has an extensive number of tools to assist agricultural employers, workers, and educators.

HR Toolkit

Learn how to support and manage your workforce.

Turnover Calculator

Determine the cost of an employee who is leaving.

Online Training

eLearning modules to keep your agricultural business up to date with the most current HR standards and best practices.

Benchmarking Tool

Turnover happens. See how your turnover compares to the industry benchmark.

Sector Action Plans

Tools, templates, and guidance to support employers with finding, developing, and retaining the workforce they need to succeed.

Data and Insights

Canada's agriculture sector is incredibly Diverse. From British Columbia’s fisheries to Saskatchewan’s grain fields to the dairies of Newfoundland and Labrador, the sector comprises very different industries, commodities, regions, and work environments.

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Provincial Data

Canada’s agriculture sector plays a role in every province’s economy, but differences in the mix of industries, the population trends, and other factors create unique labour challenges for each one. For example:

•    Alberta's agriculture sector is likely to face a significant retirement wave expected between 2023 and 2030, with 40% of the       current domestic workforce projected to retire.
•    Ontario’s agriculture labour gap is projected to increase by 15% by 2030. This is heightened by the declining supply of domestic workers.
•    New Brunswick has limited exposure to career opportunities in the agriculture sector and declining populations in rural areas, making recruitment more challenging compared to other provinces.

While no two provinces have the same profile, all face significant agricultural labour challenges today and in the years ahead. Learn more by accessing fact sheets for Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan in the document library. Visit the interactive data dashboard

Industry Data

Employers in every agriculture industry area face unique challenges and advantages when it comes to attracting and retaining the skilled workers they need to thrive. For example:

•    The dairy industry faces a persistent struggle to find domestic workers with the required skills.
•    The greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture industry faces recruitment challenges due to the increasing demand for manual labour-intensive positions, exacerbated by high turnover rates, low pay and seasonality
•    Aquaculture operations labour challenges are primarily recruiting and retaining skilled workers due to factors such as remote locations of operations, ongoing rural depopulation, limited transportation options and wage competition.

While the issues are different for every industry area, they all face significant labour challenges today and in the years ahead.

Visit the document library to learn more about the specific impact of these challenges on each of Canada's 11 commodity areas: apiculture, aquaculture, beef, dairy, fruit and vegetable, grain and oilseed, greenhouse, nursery & floriculture, poultry and egg, sheep and goat, swine, and agriculture support services. Visit the interactive data dashboard

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Our Services

How we can help you


Our expert team works directly with organizations to determine key issues and find the best solutions for their needs. 


We develop custom webinars to help you reach your primary workforce.


We are committed to facilitating strong and meaningful connections between colleagues.