Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan
It’s time for action!
Join the 75 organizations already involved and committed to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan.
The Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan a roadmap forward to address the sector’s critical labour shortages. It is essential to maintain a strong agriculture and agri-food value chain and has been identified by industry as the number one business risk management issue across all commodities and the value chain. The agriculture and agri-food industry needs workers to remain globally competitive, to take advantage of export opportunities provided by the Federal Government’s free trade agenda, and to ensure the security, safety and sustainability of food for all Canadians.
Labour Task Force represents Canada’s diversity: all regions and aspects of the agri-food value chain - farmers and industry coming together. With over 67 Implementation Partners supporting the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan’s implementation, industry is recognising it can achieve more by working cooperatively to address the important labour issues facing the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry.
1. Ongoing Labour Market Intelligence Research:
June 2016 Agriculture Workforce Management: Comparison of Provincial Agriculture Labour Regulations: Labour Relations, Employment Standards (regulated agriculture wage rates), Occupation Health and Safety, Workers’ Compensation (LTF)
April, 2015 - The Economic Impact of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in the Ontario Horticulture Sector (By Al Mussell, Agri-Food Economic Systems)
October 2, 2015, - Wages of farm workers keep pace with the wages in other sectors (Farm Credit Canada/CAHRC)
3. Provincial Strategy Work:
Some of the unique agricultural and agri-food labour challenges, which are identified and addressed within the Workforce Action Plan include:
- Overall image of the agricultural sector
- Shortage of skilled workers
- Aging workforce
- Retention of skilled workers in the sector
- Requirements of sector, including: transportation, food processing, and accommodatio
- Seasonality of work and the shorter Canadian growing and harvesting season vs other regions
- Lack of available training programs in Canada
- Regional disparity and competition for foreign workers (esp. from other sectors)
We can achieve more by working cooperatively together - farmers and industry - to address the important labour issues facing the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry.
The Labour Task Force has put forward two recommendations within the 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 Labour Task Force’s consultative process has identified the need and how to address these labour issues through practical, achievable recommendations, and now the work needs to proceed.
Read the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan.
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