CAHRC Diversity Initiatives

CAHRC recognizes that women, Aboriginal people, immigrants, and persons with disabilities are underrepresented and have a valuable role to play in the agricultural workforce.

AgriWomen. Women play an important role in Canadian agriculture, but they are still underutilized. CAHRC supports women in agriculture by connecting them to career resources, sponsoring original research, and producing profiles and case studies to highlight the significant contribution women make to the sector.

Indigenous AgricultureThe Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC) initiated a project to explore with the Indigenous community ways to increase Indigenous participation in the agriculture population as operators and through employment.

Non-traditional Agricultural Labour Sources. Attracting and retaining non-traditional labour sources, including immigrants, and persons with disabilities, is critical to ensuring that the sector can meet its labour needs. CAHRC supports this goal by commissioning original research and pilot project plans to encourage participation among under-represented groups.

CAHRC Workplace Diversity Tools

CAHRC supports workplace diversity by developing practical tools designed to help agricultural employers become an inclusive, supportive employer of choice.

The AGRIHR Toolkit addresses the unique needs of the agriculture industry and promotes an inclusive and diverse workplace environment. Based on extensive industry research and field testing, the toolkit includes everything agricultural employers need to improve their people-management skills and develop key resources to help them find, retain, and support employees. Learn how to:

  • Create a more accepting workplace
  • Avoid discrimination and legal issues
  • Attract a wider range of job applicants
  • Develop a diversity program
  • Identify hidden biases in the workplace

CAHRC Diversity Reports

CAHRC commissions and contributes to reports and discussion papers that further the conversation about inclusion and diversity in agriculture. Publications include:

A Way Forward on Diversity and Inclusion. In October 2018, CAHRC hosted a forum to build on industry-wide conversations about increasing inclusion and diversity in Canadian agriculture. This discussion paper summarizes the recommended actions from this meeting.

Success in Agriculture: A Gendered Perspective of Social Networks. This study examines the social networks of individuals within the agriculture sector specifically as a way of understanding how social connections inform career progression.

Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture: Needs Assessment. This report examines and addresses critical barriers to advancement facing women in the agriculture sector.

Options and Opportunities for Attracting Non-Traditional Workers to the Agricultural Industry (Report #1 of 3). This report investigates opportunities and barriers to participation among three traditionally under-represented populations in the agricultural workforce.

New Opportunities for Expanding the Agricultural Workforce Pilot Projects with Under-represented Groups (Report #2 of 3). This report examines innovative approaches to increase agricultural employment among under-represented labour sources through an examination of 14 success case studies, and identifies common success criteria evident across 10 case studies.

Addressing Barriers to Agricultural Employment and Expanding the Agricultural Workforce Pilot Projects (Report #3 of 3). This report summarizes the activities associated with the pilot projects for increasing agricultural labour force participation among under-represented groups.

Additional Resources

CAHRC recommends these resources to help agricultural employers and stakeholders learn to become more supportive of diversity in the sector.

Welcome to Black Canada: How to Take Action.  This list of resources includes information and activities for people who want to learn more about the Black experience and actively support Black people in their communities.

Anti-racism Resources. This list includes articles, podcasts, videos, books, films, and social media accounts that serve as a resource to white people who wish to deepen their anti-racism work.

Structural Racism in the Food System: Perspectives from Black Women Scholars. Hosted by the Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability (INFAS), this webinar features three Black women scholars from historically Black colleges and universities describe their unique perspectives on the issue of structural racism in the food system.

Reconciliation Canada. Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Website includes reports, videos, and more.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. This website contains statements, documents and other resources collected during a multi-year process to listen to Survivors, communities and others affected by the Residential School system.

The Together We Grow Coalition. Comprised of 45 agriculture industry, agribusiness, education and government members, the coalition was formed in 2016 with the goal of growing a diverse pipeline of talent—now and into the future—for the U.S. Agriculture industry.

“We are committed to working together to build a modern workforce with the capacity to meet the needs of a growing world. We will set an industry standard that values inclusiveness and diversity to ensure that the sector realizes its full potential.”

—Joint National Industry Statement on Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity