The tree fruit and vine industry includes farms that produce tree fruits (such as apples and peaches), tree nuts (such as walnuts and hazelnuts), berries, and vineyards.
A significant employer, the industry employs 23,900 workers (7% of Canada’s agricultural workforce).
In 2017, half of the jobs in the tree fruit and vine industry couldn’t be filled with domestic workers. The industry relied heavily on foreign workers to help fill this sizable labour gap; more than half of all jobs (51%) was filled by a foreign worker during the seasonal peak.
While the industry is expected to see one of agriculture’s strongest productivity growth trends between now and 2029, its domestic labour supply will shrink by 1,100 workers over the same period.
Unless the industry can recruit more domestic workers and maintain access to foreign workers, it will be unable to reach its growing potential.
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