Tree Fruit and Vine

  • 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 26,100 workers (7% of Canada’s agricultural workforce).
  • In 2014, 25% of 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 one in three jobs (37%) was filled by a foreign worker during the seasonal peak.
  • The industry is expected to see one of agriculture’s strongest productivity growth trends between now and 2025. Over the same period, its domestic labour supply will shrink by 1,000 workers.
  • Unless the industry can recruit more domestic workers and maintain access to foreign workers, the lack of workers will prevent it from reaching its growing potential.
  • For more information on the tree fruit and vine industry’s production trends and labour market challenges, download the fact sheet or full commodity report.