Strengthening the agricultural labour force: Where the needs will be in the future? The Conference Board of Canada, March 2016.

The gap between labour supply and demand, which now stands at 59,000, will widen to 114,000 by 2025. The greatest labour shortages are in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. The horticulture sector is the most affected by labour shortages. An increase in global demand for food will be one of the main factors that will influence the outlook for demand. The increase in retirements and the decline in the number of young workers will lead to a decline in the supply of labour.

The Conference Board of Canada, Labour Market Information in Agriculture: Most Recent Data, March 2016.

Agriculture faces a challenge in the labour force. In agriculture, 1 job in 12 is vacant. In all other sectors, 1 job in 36 is vacant. Currently, compared to demand, there is a deficit of 59,200 workers in the agriculture industry. Foreign workers make up 12% of the total farm labour force in Canada (all sectors combined). The gap between labour supply and demand doubled between 2004 and 2014, from 30,100 workers (7.6% of demand) to 59,200 workers (14.7% of demand). The current and future impact of unmet jobs is real. Job vacancies cost the industry $1.5 billion in sales in 2014, or 2.7% of total industry sales. 17% of employers report having to postpone or cancel expansion plans due to vacancies. Farms with vacancies typically have characteristics such as being growth-oriented, larger than average, and owned by younger owners.

New foreign labour service for Canadian companies.

There’s good news for Canadian companies. Given the significant and recurring labour force problem in the manufacturing and agriculture sector affecting many businesses, a new association is being formed called “Collaboration Canada,” whose purpose is to help businesses in the process of recruiting qualified temporary foreign workers. “We want every company to reach their full potential, and prevent labour shortage from being an obstacle in companies’ growth and development,” said the CEO of Collaboration of Canada, Gilbert Thibault. We work closely with government agencies and various overseas recruitment agencies to meet the demand for skilled workers who satisfy the strict requirements of our clients. Good news, from the perspective of the regional development and expansion of companies!

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