Mushroom workers assist with planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops. With minimal or no supervision, they prepare compost for growing mushrooms, add casing material to the compost, harvest mushrooms, perform post-harvest activities, and may operate farm machinery and equipment. No formal education is required, and skills and knowledge can be acquired through on-the-job training. Education and training can include a mix of formal and informal learning experiences, such as some secondary school, up to 2 years of occupational training, training courses, or specific farm experience. For more information on job requirements for mushroom workers, visit AgriJobs.
Workers are usually paid hourly wages between $11.27 and $28.00, although wages as high as $28.00 and as low as $10.65 (the minimum wage at the time) were reported in the survey. This wide range shows that there is a possibility for farm workers to obtain very different wages based on factors such as seniority and length of service.
For detailed information on wages, benefits and a quality of living in rural Canada, read the CAHRC report Multiplying Mushroom Sector Opportunities with Rural Canadian Population Growth; or for the fast facts, view the Canadian Mushroom AgriWorkforce Infographic.
*Half of the companies surveyed paid more than this hourly amount to people in the role, and half paid less.