The agricultural workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador is the smallest and most balanced of any province.
In 2017, farmers employed 2,035 people, just 1% of Canada’s agricultural workforce. The province’s agricultural employers experience less difficulty finding workers, with only 70 jobs remaining unfilled. These labour shortages were mainly due to lack of workers with appropriate skills in the right locations. While less severe than the labour shortages experienced by other provinces, the lack of labour cost Newfoundland and Labrador’s agriculture sector $4.3 million, or 3.1% of sales.
While the demand for labour will decline over the next decade, more retirements and fewer young people entering school will shrink the province’s agricultural labour supply faster, resulting in a projected labour gap over the coming decade.
For more information, download the fact sheet or the full report.