Alberta is Canada’s third-largest agriculture sector employer.
- In 2014, the province employed 67,000 agricultural workers, or 18% of the country’s agricultural workforce. The top industries are beef (21% of the workforce); grain and oilseed (19%); and greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture (18%).
- In 2014, 3,900 jobs went unfilled due to labour shortages in the province’s agriculture sector, costing it $406 million, or 3.2% of sales.
- Over the next 10 years, the labour gap will widen as the need for labour grows and the number of available domestic workers shrinks. By 2025, there will be 23,300 more jobs than available domestic workers, which means that 29% of jobs in the sector are at risk of going unfilled. While all of Alberta’s agriculture industries will be affected, the beef industry will be hardest hit.
- For more information on Alberta’s labour market challenges, download the fact sheet or the full provincial report.