Prince Edward Island is the second-smallest agricultural employer in Canada, but its economy is highly dependent on the sector. Farmers employed 3,470 people in 2017, which was more than 4% of the province’s workforce. Only Saskatchewan's agriculture sector employed a higher percentage of the provincial workforce.
In 2017, the province was unable to fill 190 agricultural jobs. These labour shortages cost the sector $15 million.
In the coming years, production levels will rise, while an aging workforce will cause the domestic labour pool to shrink. As a result, as many as 200 jobs are at risk of going unfilled by 2029.
Unless the province’s agriculture sector can address this imbalance, it is unlikely to reach its growth potential.
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