Alberta is Canada’s third-largest agriculture sector employer. In 2017, the province employed 54,500 agricultural workers, or 16% of the country’s agricultural workforce. The top industries are: beef (28% of the workforce); grain and oilseed (14%); and greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture (9%).

In 2017, 2,800 jobs went unfilled in this province due to agricultural labour shortages, costing it $821 million, or 5.8% 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 2029, there will be 19,600 more jobs than available domestic workers to fill them, which means that 32% of jobs in the sector is at risk of going unfilled. While all of Alberta’s agriculture industries will be affected, the beef industry will be hardest hit.

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