Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture

  • The greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture industry produces nursery crops, trees, flowers, ornamental plants, and crops of any kind grown under cover.
  • The industry employs 16% of the agricultural workforce, making it the largest employer in Canada’s agriculture sector. Because the work tends to be physically demanding and seasonal, it is difficult for this industry to retain domestic workers, and it has a high reliance on foreign workers, who account for 28% of the workforce.
  • In 2014, worker shortages resulted in 2,800 jobs going unfilled, which cost the industry $100 million. As the number of domestic workers shrinks, these losses are expected to increase considerably. By 2025, as many as 7,500 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.
  • For more information on the greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture industry’s production trends and labour challenges, download the fact sheet or full commodity report.