Share ideas: National Agricultural Labour Strategy

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Current status: Closed

From June 27, 2022 to September 28, 2022, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada held consultations to help guide the development of an Agricultural Labour Strategy.

Feedback received has been summarized in the What We Heard Report - Agricultural Labour Strategy.

We continue working with the agriculture sector on Agricultural Labour Strategy.

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Canada's agricultural sector is an important engine of economic growth and social well-being that feeds millions of people in Canada and around the world. However, it faces unique labour challenges that hinder the productivity of agricultural and processing operations, result in lost economic potential, and create stress for employers and workers alike.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is developing a sector-specific strategy to address chronic labour shortages in farming and food processing. Our goal is to develop solutions that consider unique regional and sub-sector concerns. This will better position the sector to address short-term pressures and advance long-term solutions to help farmers and food processors meet their needs.

In recent years, AAFC has received valuable input relating to long-standing labour challenges faced by the agriculture and agri-food sector. This information has been used to inform the department's analysis in preparation for developing an Agricultural Labour Strategy, including possible actions to address these long-standing concerns.

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