The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council is looking for input from the Ag sector for its new Labour Market Information survey.

The survey provides key information on the labour market that will help identify labour shortage issues by better understanding how workforce needs have change.

The new data will help policymakers guide future action on the growing workforce crisis in the ag industry.

Each year a number of temporary foreign workers are brought in to help meet the shortage of agricultural workers.

According to Statistics Canada data in 2021 the ag sector employed 61,735 temporary foreign workers up 11.9 per cent from 2020. 

In addition, 30,695 temporary foreign workers came to work in the food and beverage manufacturing sector up 8.1 per cent compared with 2020.

According to the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, the job vacancy rate in the crop production sector was 8.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2021, compared with 4.6 per cent for all sectors.

Farmers, livestock producers, owner-operators, agricultural workers and supporting stakeholder groups are all encouraged to take part in the survey before the April 30th deadline.

To take part in the Labour Market Information survey click here.