The LMI (Labour Market Information) framework helps job seekers, employers, and other sector stakeholders see the opportunities and challenges for Ontario's agricultural labour market more clearly.
The agriculture and food processing sectors are the economic engines of Ontario. According to 2019 figures, primary agriculture and food processing accounted for 2.9 per cent of total GDP in the province, while 2018 data indicates that it employed 202,000 domestic residents.
Given the importance of these sectors, there is a need for relevant, standardized, and timely labour market information. Unfortunately, a lack of standardization in the way the sector and the occupations available in it are defined has made this information confusing to job seekers and employers and difficult for other sector stakeholders to understand and use.
A framework for Ontario's agricultural labour market
The LMI Framework was developed to address this problem. It was developed through a review of existing sources of labour market information, the identification of gaps in the knowledge about the labour market, and the development of a framework of common terminology and best practices that can be applied universally to primary agriculture and food processing as well as different sub-sectors and regions.
The framework can be used by government, association policy advisors, and labour economists who want to understand and forecast the sector's labour needs more accurately. It can be used to clarify existing labour market information and generate new data that is consistent, standardized, and supportive of a more comprehensive understanding of the labour market and the activities involved in the sector.
By bringing greater consistency to the way the labour market is defined, the framework will provide greater clarity to job seekers and food processing employers who need to understand where the jobs are and what skills are needed to work in the sector.
The LMI framework for Ontario's agri-food sector was developed by CAHRC through the Canadian Agriculture Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative as a part of the Labour Productivity Challenges project.
For agricultural associations
As part of the Labour Productivity Challenges initiative, the CAHRC has developed a Workforce Action Plan Toolkit to help agricultural associations apply the framework to their own sub-sector workforce action plans. Learn more.