Saskatchewan is more reliant on agriculture than any other province in Canada. More than 7% of the province’s workforce (37,500 workers) is directly employed in the sector, with the grain and oilseed industry and beef industry being the most significant employers.
In 2017, Saskatchewan was unable to fill 1,600 agricultural jobs, which cost the sector $574 million. Demand for labour will grow moderately over the next decade, but the pool of available workers will shrink, mostly due to retirements. Saskatchewan’s agricultural workforce has the highest average age compared to any other province: in 2016, 65% of workers were 45 years of age or older.
By 2029, retirements will reduce the workforce by 41% and widen the labour gap to 12,300 jobs. Saskatchewan must find ways to attract a new generation of workers in order to realize its potential over the next 10 years.
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