The Labour Task Force has put forward two recommendations within the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan that meet the immediate and future requirements of our industry:
- Increase the Supply of Labour
- Improve the Knowledge and Skills of workers in the industry.
“The Labour Task Force stresses that it is urgent and essential that this initiative begin immediately as the issues of labour shortage are pervasive, affecting current operational success and damaging to the future health of the industry and the economy.”
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan, p. 8.
The Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Task Force (LTF) consists of a team of 30 agricultural industry experts appointed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Value Chain Roundtables, including seafood. The LTF follows a broad multi-commodity approach; its members span the entire value chain, bringing producers, human resource managers, academics and experts, as well as small and large processing companies together, offering a diverse perspective. The Federal Advisory Council on Economic Growth recommended that new action teams be established that are inclusive of multiple stakeholder perspectives and focused on high-impact issues.
The Labour Task Force (LTF) and the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action (WAP), which was developed by the LTF, is a shining example of this strategic action team approach. The LTF developed the WAP as a road map forward for Canada’s agriworkforce, and it is supported by 86 agricultural organizations, agri-business companies, and municipal leaders; it is aligned with the recommendations of the Federal Advisory Council on Economic Growth and Budget 2017.
The Labour Task Force’s consultative process has identified the need and how to address agriculture labour issues through practical, achievable recommendations, and now the work needs to proceed.
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