In 2017, Quebec was Canada’s second-largest agriculture sector employer, employing 20% of the agricultural workforce (70,500 people). Only Ontario accounted for a higher national share.

The dairy industry, and the greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture industry are the most significant employers.

Agricultural producers in Quebec were unable to fill 2,700 jobs in 2017, which cost the sector $362 million. Employers reported that finding workers with appropriate skills was a significant challenge.

In the coming years, Quebec’s need for labour will remain flat, due mostly to limited demand for dairy products. However, as many as 19,900 jobs are at risk of going unfilled by 2029 as a result of a rapidly shrinking labour pool. This trend could significantly impact the profitability and growth potential of the province’s agriculture sector.

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