Nova Scotia’s agriculture sector employed 6,585 people in 2017, which represents roughly 2% of Canada’s agricultural workforce. While it’s the country’s fourth-smallest agriculture sector employer, it has the highest share of foreign agricultural workers of any Atlantic province. Only Ontario had a higher reliance on foreign workers of any province.
In 2017, Nova Scotia’s agriculture sector had a moderate labour gap, with 250 jobs going unfilled. Between now and 2029, the number of domestic workers available will shrink even further due to an aging workforce and a declining number of young people. At the same time, the province’s demand for agricultural labour will rise due to bright production outlooks for several of its key industries.
As a result of these demographic and production trends, as many as 2,600 jobs could be at risk of going unfilled by 2029.
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