In 2014, British Columbia’s agriculture sector employed 40,200 people, or 11% of Canada’s agricultural workforce.
- Nearly half of these employees (48%) work in the tree fruit and vine and greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture industries. These industries are more reliant on foreign workers, and close to 17% of the province’s agricultural workers are foreign.
- While nationwide demand for agricultural labour rose by 0.1% per year between 2004 and 2014, demand in British Columbia fell by 1.4% per year during the same time due to productivity gains. However, 3,000 jobs still went unfilled in 2014, costing the sector $70 million.
- British Columbia’s agriculture sector has a bright production outlook, but to reach its growthpotential, it must address growing labour challenges caused by a widening labour gap. By 2025, the number of jobs at risk of going unfilled will reach 11,200, a number that’s equivalent to one in four jobs.
- For more information on British Columbia’s agricultural production trends and labour market challenges, download the fact sheet or full provincial report.