Labour shortages on Canada’s farms have doubled over the past decade. They are expected to double again in the next 10 years. Simply paying Canadians more to work in the sector or buying more machines is unlikely to make up this gap.
Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) have played a major role in filling the labour gap in the past and will likely need to play a growing role in the future. Without TFWs, it is likely that a significant portion of Canadian farm land would lie fallow.
One way of thinking of TFWs is in terms of globalization; rather than bringing the farms to where the workers are, we are bringing the workers to the farms.
Join Michael Burt, the Conference Board of Canada’s Director, Industrial Economic Trends, for this presentation of Conference Board research about the current state of the agricultural labour force; the importance of temporary foreign workers in the sector; and policy options that governments and the sector could pursue.
This webinar is based on the report Sowing the Seeds of Growth: Temporary Foreign Workers in Agriculture, produced by The Conference Board of Canada commissioned by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). CAHRC is a national, non-profit organization focused on addressing human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada. CAHRC conducts industry research and develops products and services designed to help agricultural employers attract,
retain, and develop the workforce they need to succeed.