Labour Market Information on Recruitment and Retention in Primary Agriculture

There is widespread recognition that traditional Canadian sources for agriculture labour are proving inadequate. CAHRC’s Labour Market Information on Recruitment and Retention Report reveals that Canada’s primary agricultural producers will need an additional 50,000 non-seasonal and 38,000 seasonal workers by the year 2013.

The research also suggests that future employment needs will vary by geographic region, by commodity and by occupation. The report is based on statistical analysis from Canada’s Labour Force Survey, in addition to surveys of more than 550 farm employers with annual receipts of more than $100,000 about their current and future human resource requirements.

An LMI Factsheet and Executive Summary of the final report have also been prepared to serve as quick reference guides on the research findings and recommendations.

Following the LMI research, farm operations were interviewed to profile the HR strategies that these employers have found to be successful when attracting and retaining workers, and explain their ongoing HR challenges. A summary of these interviews, as well as the resulting individual profiles, are outlined in the Farm Profile Summative Report