Emerging AgriWorkforce Issues

The Council addresses emerging AgriWorkforce issues and leads the implementation of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan.

Maintenance of a strong agriculture and agri-food value chain has been identified by industry as the number one business risk management issue across all commodities and the value chain.

Clarifying short, medium and long term solutions to address the critical labour shortages facing the industry.

The agriculture and agri-food industry needs workers to remain globally competitive, to take advantage of export opportunities provided by the Federal Government’s free trade agenda, and to ensure the security, safety and sustainability of food for all Canadians.

Fast Facts



Action Plan

The CAHRC Partner Update on Emerging Labour Issues keeps Partners and their membership informed of the latest issues.

Excerpt from the Summer 2018 Update

"The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) Primary Agriculture Review written submissions, surveys and teleconference interviews were completed July 27, 2018, however the TFWP Review is extending the deadline for survey and written submissions to September 30, 2018."

  • Get research and communications help for your association and its members. CAHRC can support commodity and sector specific issues with consulting and quality research to fit your requirements including tracking economic impacts of labour shortages causing AgriWorkforce instability, immigration demand for your commodity and province, and we are available to support your association with the research you need for your TFWP submission. Contact Janet Krayden

CAHRC Partner Featured Content

Without international farm workers, there would be no Canadian fruit and vegetable production. The Canadian Horticultural Council has initiated a special awareness campaign to inform Canadians about this important relationship.

Research: Management of Emerging Labour Issues

Project Activities

The Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan was developed with extensive research over the last three years by an industry-led Labour Task Force (LTF) made up of representatives from all twelve of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain Roundtables. The LTF is a solution-oriented forum made up of industry representatives from across Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector, which examines issues of agriculture and agri-food labour management and shortages. The Workforce Action Plan initiative is being led by the Canadian Agricultural HR Council to ensure implementation of documented recommendations by the LTF. To date, 60 organizations are confirmed as Implementation Partners, lending support, credibility and a sense of urgency to addressing labour issues for the industry. This stakeholder involvement is enhancing CAHRC’s Labour Market Intelligence function.

Project Partners

Industry participation is the cornerstone of the Canadian Ag HR Council. Direction and guidance for all activities are provided by a large, nationally representative Board of Directors that includes agricultural leaders within and across various commodity groups. Additionally, all research, project work and product development activities are supported by national stakeholder participation to ensure quality, accuracy and relevance of prepared solutions. Stakeholders include employers, employees, youth, associations, education, and government at regional, provincial and national levels.

Results and Outcomes

Currently, CAHRC offers a number of important services and products designed to address critical issues for agricultural stakeholders including research reports, HR tools and training materials. The Council conducts in-depth research on labour market information that highlights skills shortages and includes recommendations on agricultural recruitment and retention. Research has also been conducted on identifying new and emerging markets for the agricultural sector.