The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is partnering with Food and Beverage Canada, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) and the Future Skills Centre (FSC) to develop a National Workforce Strategy for Agriculture and Food and Beverage Manufacturing.
This is a two-year project. In the first year, partners will gather information about programs and services that already exist, identify gaps and recommend new programs and tools. The second year will see the development of the National Workforce Strategy for Agriculture and Food and Beverage Manufacturing.
“Labour challenges in agriculture have been ongoing for decades, and are one of the most prominent factors obstructing the remarkable growth potential that has been identified for Canadian agriculture and our agri-food industry as a whole,” said Mary Robinson, CFA president.
Prior to COVID, Canadian farmers lost $1.5 billion in 2014 simply because they could not find people to work. In 2020 COVID further exacerbated this chronic labour shortage, pushing Canadian farmers’ losses to $2.9 billion in revenue. This is equivalent to 4.2 per cent of the sector’s total sales.
Source: Canadian Federation of Agriculture October 13, 2021 news release