The greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture industry produces nursery crops, trees, flowers, ornamental plants, and crops of any kind grown under cover.
The industry employs 15% of the agricultural workforce, making it the largest employer in Canada’s agriculture sector. Because the work tends to be physically demanding and seasonal, this industry has difficulty retaining domestic workers and a high reliance on foreign workers, who account for 40% of the workforce.
In 2017, worker shortages resulted in 2,800 jobs going unfilled, which cost the industry $103 million. As the number of domestic workers shrinks, these losses are expected to increase considerably. By 2029, as many as 29,900 jobs are at risk of going unfilled due to a lack of domestic labour, which could seriously affect the industry’s ability to reach its production potential.
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