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 2007, the industry’s demand for labour has fallen by 2.9% per year, on average. As a result of productivity gains and stable production trends, the labour gap for this industry is projected to shrink between now and 2029.
However, the industry still faces labour challenges. In 2017, 42% of dairy producers were unable to find enough skilled workers, and 1,200 dairy jobs went unfilled, costing the industry $148 million or 2.2% of sales.
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