The agricultural workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador is the smallest and most balanced of any province.
- In 2014, farmers employed 3,400 people, just 1% of Canada’s agricultural workforce. The province’s agricultural employers experience less difficulty finding workers, with only 200 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 $3 million, or 2.8% of sales.
- Over the next decade, more retirements and fewer young people entering school will shrink the province’s agricultural labour supply. However, demand for labour is expected to shrink faster, resulting in the only surplus of agricultural workers anywhere in Canada over the forecast period.
- For more information on agricultural production trends and labour market challenges in Newfoundland and Labrador, download the fact sheet or full provincial report.
2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Project for Agriculture and Agri-Food