Labour Market Information – Focus on Small Farms in Canada 2011

The objective of this project was to conduct a labour market study of small farm operations (defined as farm operations with annual gross receipts less than $100,000) with the purpose of identifying key human resource issues these operations face.

The following activities were undertaken to ensure the success of the project:

  • Identified key human resource challenges through consultation with commodity groups and agriculture associations 
  • Engaged farmers to provide feedback on findings
  • Produced a final report on the findings and recommended solutions, including comparative analysis with information gathered from larger farms.


The 2009 Labour Market Information on Recruitment and Retention project examined the labour demand of farm businesses reporting annual revenues of more than $100,000. While this analysis provided an excellent starting point, there was still a need to consider the labour needs of operations with annual revenues under $100,000, which constitute more than 65% of Canada's farms.