Canada’s agriculture sector is classified into commodity areas.
Employers in each commodity area face a unique set of challenges and advantages when it comes to attracting and retaining the skilled workers they need to thrive. For example:
- The dairy industry offers stable, year-round employment, but has difficulty finding workers with the skills and experience required.
- The greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture industry, by comparison, struggles to find domestic workers because the work is physically strenuous and has highly variable hours.
- Aquaculture operations tend to be located in rural areas where populations are dwindling and the general workforce is shrinking.
While no two commodity areas have the same profile, all face significant labour challenges today and in the years ahead.