CAHRC and Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University launch new aquaculture training programs

May 8, 2023

May 8, Ottawa, ON Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University are proud to announce the launch of new aquaculture training programs. These programs are designed to equip new entrants, career changers and current aquaculture professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the rapidly growing aquaculture industry.

With its vast coastline and abundance of freshwater resources, Canada has the potential to become a global leader in sustainable aquaculture. However, to achieve this, the industry needs skilled workers who can contribute to the growth and development of the sector.

CAHRC, with funding from the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions program, is investing $1.8 million to support the Marine Institute in developing and delivering four new, fully funded certificate-training courses offered across Canada via in-person classes or online studies. Three of the courses are designed for new entrants to the aquaculture industry, while the fourth course is aiming to provide industry employees with skills training to manage day-to-day aquaculture operations.

The Marine Institute and CAHRC’s new training programs are meant to address current and emerging workforce needs in the agriculture, agri-foods and aquaculture sectors. Further details on these aquaculture certificate programs and launch dates are available online:

“We are proud to partner with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council in developing new courses aimed at providing management-level training for aquaculture employees and helping to expand the industry’s workforce,” said Dr. Paul Brett, Vice-President of Memorial University (Marine Institute).  

 “The agriculture sector is facing a severe labour shortage and there needs to be new ways of attracting and training new entrants to help meet employment opportunities. CAHRC is very pleased to partner with the Marine Institute for this new and innovative programs that will provide the training required for new entrants into the aquaculture industry.” said Jennifer Wright, Executive Director, CAHRC.

Individuals can take one course as a certificate of achievement or complete all courses to receive the program certificate. Canadian aquaculture companies can also contact Marine Institute to customize these training programs for new entrants and current employees. “Our School of Fisheries brings 35 years of expertise in aquaculture training, research and curriculum development to the partnership to attract new employees to the industry and provide existing employees with new skills to advance their careers.” said Dr. Paul Brett.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program (SWSP).




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Mélanie Fraxedas, Marketing and Communications Specialist
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The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is a national, non-profit organization focused on addressing human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada. CAHRC works with industry leaders, governments and educational stakeholders, to research, develop and communicate solutions to the challenges in employment and skills development in primary agriculture.

The Council represents farming in all its forms: raising traditional and non-traditional livestock; producing, cultivating, growing, harvesting or collecting conventional and non-conventional agriculture commodities; and any practices performed as an integral part of an agricultural operation. 

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About Marine Institute
The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland is Canada’s most comprehensive centre for education, training, applied research and industrial support for the ocean industries. The Marine Institute provides more than 30 industry-driven programs ranging from technical certificates to PhD degrees.

The institute has three schools – the School of Fisheries, the School of Maritime Studies and the School of Ocean Technology – and within these schools a number of specialized centres and units. These centres and units lead the institute, both nationally and internationally, in applied research and technology transfer and in the provision of training to a variety of industry clients.

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Mélanie Fraxedas
Marketing and Communication Specialist