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June 27, 2019

Study says immigration will solve growing labour gap

While technology and automation are changing the way many farm businesses operate, Ontario remains Canada’s largest agricultural employer and we rely heavily on a skilled labour force that is increasingly shrinking.

UFCW Canada welcomes new initiative to counter migrant worker abuse

UFCW Canada, the country’s leading advocate and union for migrant and temporary workers, welcomes a new government work permit initiative to protect migrant workers across Canada from abusive employers.

Canada’s ag sector loses 2.9 billion due to labour shortages

The Labour Market Forecast to 2029 for the agricultural sector was recently released by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council. The data indicated that farmers across Canada's agriculture sector reported $2.9 billion in lost sales because of unfilled vacancies.
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Improving communication

Improving lines of communication with foreign workers

Today, Martin Burwash laughs at the irony and wishes now he was a little more serious in his studies after seeing the role Spanish has played in his career as a life-long farmer. Burwash says communication isn’t just about getting the words right but understanding each other’s cultural differences. Without solid communication, a farmer can easily create an unsafe and/or unproductive environment. And anyone who has worked with foreign-speaking crews knows good communication is easier said than done. » Read more...
Labour resources

Labour resources available to Canadian fruit and vegetable growers

“Employee retention is very important at this point in time in the horticulture sector,” notes Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, executive director at the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council. “There’s a significant labour shortage. It’s very difficult to attract new people to the industry, so in addition to a tough time with recruitment, we should do our best to keep workers already in the industry satisfied. Investing that time and energy is so important.” » Read more...

Plant Canada 2019 Annual Meeting

July 7 – 10
Location: Guelph, Ont.
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NAFDMA Agritourism Farm Tour

July 23 - 24
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Potato Association of America Annual Meeting

July 28 – Aug. 1
Location: Winnipeg, Man.
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