In 2014, New Brunswick’s agriculture sector employed 7,500 people, or 2% of Canada’s agricultural workforce.
- The field fruit and vegetable industry is the largest employer (22% of the workforce), followed by tree fruit and vine (16%) and dairy (14%).
- New Brunswick was one of only two provinces to have an agricultural labour surplus in 2014. However, farmers were still unable to fill 400 jobs, equivalent to 5% of the total workforce required. This could have been the result of a lack of workers with the right skills or a lack of workers in areas where jobs were available. These unfilled jobs cost the sector $7 million.
- Looking to the future, the number of available domestic workers will shrink slightly faster than the province’s need for labour. As a result, New Brunswick is expected to see an increasing shortage of skilled labour that will affect the sector’s profitability and growth.
- For more information on New Brunswick’s agricultural production trends and labour market challenges, download the fact sheet or full provincial report.