• Canada’s dairy industry includes operations that primarily milk dairy cattle. Because it relies on the domestic market and has limited exposure to foreign markets for its products, this industry has a very stable production outlook.
  • The dairy industry is also less affected by worker shortages than other agricultural industries. Gains in productivity have enabled dairy farmers to meet production targets with fewer workers, and since 2004, the industry’s demand for labour has fallen by 2.4% per year, on average.
  • Due to productivity gains and stable production trends, the dairy industry will see its labour gap shrink between now and 2025.
  • However, the industry still faces labour challenges. In 2014, 40% of dairy producers were unable to find enough skilled workers, and 3,400 dairy jobs went unfilled, costing the industry $71 million.
  • To learn more about the dairy industry’s production trends and labour challenges, download the fact sheet or full commodity report.