Manitoba was the sixth-largest agriculture sector employer in Canada, employing 24,700 workers in 2017. The province is also heavily economically reliant on agriculture, with 3.7% of the workforce directly employed by the sector. Only Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan have a higher reliance on agricultural employment.
While the demand for labour has stabilized over the past decade, the province was unable to fill 1,100 agricultural jobs in 2017. This cost the sector $367 million in lost sales.
Between now and 2029, strong production growth in the province’s grain and oilseed, beef, and swine industries will increase its labour need. However, the labour supply is expected to shrink during this time, which could leave as many as 5,300 jobs unfilled and prevent this vital part of Manitoba’s economy from reaching its full potential.
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