• Canada’s aquaculture industry produces a wide array of seafood, with a focus on salmon, mussels, oysters, and trout. While it’s one of the smaller agriculture industries, it is also one of the fastest growing, with output expected to increase by an average of 4.2% per year to meet a strong export market and a growing global demand.
  • However, aquaculture producers are already facing challenges in finding enough workers. In 2014, more than half of aquaculture producers (58%) reported being unable to find enough workers, and those labour shortages cost the industry $57 million.
  • The rural location of most aquaculture operations is a key challenge in recruiting and retaining workers. Because aquaculture isn’t on the National Commodities list, the industry also lacks access to foreign workers through temporary and seasonal work programs.
  • Finding ways to address these challenges will enable producers to profit from the growing market for Canada’s aquaculture products.
  • For more information on aquaculture’s production trends and labour challenges, download the fact sheet or full commodity report.


Fact sheet