AgAnnex Talks: Dealing with labour in Canadian agriculture
Labour shortages and misconceptions about farm work are some of the issues faced by Canadian agricultural producers. The Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council reported in 2019 that the agriculture sector’s job-vacancy rate was the “highest of any major sector in the Canadian economy.”
In this episode, Stuart Person, senior vice president of agriculture with MNP, discusses some of the labour challenges faced in the agriculture sector and hiring best practices. Deb Campbell, a crop advisor in Ontario, discusses the gap in perception on what farm work is today, and Anneke Stickney shares her poultry operation’s experience with finding good help. Glen Lucas with the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association provides insight to the impact of temporary foreign workers in the sector.