Prince Edward Island is the second-smallest agricultural employer in Canada, but its economy is highly dependent on the sector.
- Farmers employed 4,900 people in 2014, which was more than 4% of the province’s workforce – the second highest percentage after Saskatchewan.
- In 2014, the province was unable to fill 200 agricultural jobs, primarily in the field fruit and vegetable, dairy, aquaculture, and grain and oilseed industries. These labour shortages cost the sector $4 million.
- In the coming years, production levels will rise, while an aging workforce will cause the domestic labour pool to shrink.
- As a result of these forces, the labour gap is expected to widen, with as many as 1,100 jobs at risk of going unfilled by 2025. Unless the province’s agriculture sector can address this imbalance, it is unlikely to reach its growth potential.
- For more information on Prince Edward Island’s agricultural production trends and labour market challenges, download the fact sheet or full provincial report.