Labor Shortage Costs Canada Ag Nearly $3 Billion

Data from a new report by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource
Council (CAHRC) shows that farmers across the Canadian ag industry lost $2.9 billion in sales due to unfilled vacancies. That is an increase of $1.5 billion since 2014.

The Labour Market Forecast to 2029 also shows 46 percent of producers who reported vacancies either delayed or decided against expanding their operations. Nearly nine out of 10 producers with unfilled jobs identified excessive stress and hours as a result of vacancies. They reported extreme stress among their workers as well.

Key findings from the report include total job vacancies in agriculture have
declined to 16,500 from 26,400, largely as a result of the adoption of technology and an increase in the number of international workers who fill jobs.

Vacancy rates in agriculture remain higher than any other sector in the country at 5.4 percent, which is a decrease since 2014 when the rate was 7 percent. Currently the national average is 2.9 percent.