Identifying On-Farm Occupations

Through the Identifying On-Farm Occupations project, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council identified occupations and examined the classification of work in the primary agricultural sector. As part of the project, an Environmental Scan and Gap Analysis was conducted to review existing information on on-farm occupations, as well as review national and international occupational classification systems, and compare these findings with the current National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. The findings of this work can be viewed in the following report: Environmental Scan and Gap Analysis Report

 CAHRC also held a series of focus groups with producers from across the country to gather information about the work performed in the production of various commodities. Producers described the skills, knowledge, experience and training that are required for these occupations. This information is compiled into two documents:

  1. Occupational Matrix of On-Farm Occupations (20" x 26" two-sided poster)  
  2. Descriptions of On-Farm Occupations

This information reflects the nature and scope of occupations in primary production and is to be used by the industry as a reference to build on as the sector evolves. 

Increasing our understanding of the nature of work on the farm will enable us to define the skills and to identify the training required for these occupations. This information will assist employers in attracting and retaining workers to meet the demand for on-farm labour. The results of this project will be used by CAHRC to generate greater awareness of agriculture employment opportunities and career paths in the sector.