The Council leads the implementation of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan which clarifies short, medium and long term solutions to address the critical labour shortages facing the industry.
It is essential to maintain a strong agriculture and agri-food value chain and has been identified by industry as the number one business risk management issue across all commodities and the value chain. The agriculture and agri-food industry needs workers to remain globally competitive, to take advantage of export opportunities provided by the Federal Government’s free trade agenda, and to ensure the security, safety and sustainability of food for all Canadians.
The Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan was developed with extensive research over the last three years by an industry-led Labour Task Force (LTF) made up of representatives from all twelve of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain Roundtables. The LTF is a solution-oriented forum made up of industry representatives from across Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector, which examines issues of agriculture and agri-food labour management and shortages. The Workforce Action Plan initiative is being led by the Canadian Agricultural HR Council to ensure implementation of documented recommendations by the LTF. To date, 60 organizations are confirmed as Implementation Partners, lending support, credibility and a sense of urgency to addressing labour issues for the industry. This stakeholder involvement is enhancing CAHRC’s Labour Market Intelligence function.
Industry participation is the cornerstone of the Canadian Ag HR Council. Direction and guidance for all activities are provided by a large, nationally representative Board of Directors that includes agricultural leaders within and across various commodity groups. Additionally, all research, project work and product development activities are supported by national stakeholder participation to ensure quality, accuracy and relevance of prepared solutions. Stakeholders include employers, employees, youth, associations, education, and government at regional, provincial and national levels.
Results and Outcomes
Currently, CAHRC offers a number of important services and products designed to address critical issues for agricultural stakeholders including research reports, HR tools and training materials. The Council conducts in-depth research on labour market information that highlights skills shortages and includes recommendations on agricultural recruitment and retention. Research has also been conducted on identifying new and emerging markets for the agricultural sector.