The beef industry includes operations that primarily raise and finish cattle, including feedlots. It employs 13% of Canada’s agricultural workforce, making it one of the agriculture sector’s largest employers.

There’s growing global demand for beef products, but dwindling labour supply is putting the industry’s growth potential at risk.

While the number of beef farms and the demand for labour has declined over the past decade, in 2017, the beef industry was still unable to fill 1,700 jobs with available domestic labour. This shortage cost the industry $334 million.

By 2029, this labour gap is expected to widen even further, with more than 14,000 jobs at risk of going unfilled. If the beef industry can’t find ways to enhance recruitment and retention, the labour shortage will restrict the growth of this important industry.

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Fact sheet