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Sixty-four per cent of farmers said they were thinking about dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak at their farm.

Farmers concerned about transportation delays, input costs because of COVID-19

Preliminary CAHRC survey results show 26 per cent of farms saw workers take temporary leave for self-isolation, and 22 per cent take leave because of illness

Three-quarters of Manitoba farmers are concerned about transportation delays caused by the pandemic, according to preliminary survey results from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). Jennifer Wright, senior HR adviser with CAHRC, shared initial survey data at the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual general meeting on January 26. CAHRC spoke to 448 farm operators across

New pilot program for labour welcomed

Some well-established TFWs with solid foundation in Canada will qualify

Federal officials hope a new pilot program will help stabilize ongoing labour issues in certain sectors of the agri-food value chain, while also providing citizenship to some foreign workers. But critics contend more support is needed. “This pilot will help to ensure that farmers and processors have the much-needed skills, experience and labour so we can grow our economy and improve our living


Opinion: COVID-19 reveals a labour weakness

COVID-19: Foreign workers a delicate issue as domestic unemployment soars

Glacier FarmMedia – A weak spot in Canada’s food system is being revealed by COVID-19. Despite the federal government allowing temporary foreign workers into the country, there are still concerns not enough will be able to reach Canada in time. Whole sections of foreign bureaucracies are closed, including visa offices in some countries, making it

“Attracting youth to careers across food production is critical.” – RBC report.

Youth council could be positive step in solving labour shortage

The group will help inform future agriculture policy by engaging younger industry members

The federal government is attempting to harness the power of youth by creating a Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. It will convene a group of young people who will, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), “provide valuable advice on agriculture and agri-food issues that matter most to them, everything from sustainable agriculture, market diversification and

Comment: Growing agriculture’s next generation

Comment: Growing agriculture’s next generation

More needs to be done to demonstrate agriculture is a great career choice

The agriculture industry is a vital driver of the Canadian economy, contributing over $122 billion each year to the national GDP. With the world’s population expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, the industry has a significant opportunity to grow in economic importance as it expands to feed a growing global community. However, the agricultural


The Canadian agriculture sector needs a few more hands to share the workload.

Helping hands: pilot immigration program targets rural Canada

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program matches immigrants to jobs and could help agricultural recruiters fill vacancies

It’s no secret — finding employees to work on the farm isn’t getting any easier. Rural populations are dwindling, fewer have skills or aptitudes for farm work, or even any interest in finding out about jobs in agriculture. But a new initiative announced in late January could potentially send experienced farm managers, equipment operators, meat

The five-year Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot aims to attract more skilled immigrants to rural areas in Canada.

New program aims to attract skilled immigrants to rural Canada

Participating communities will gain access to a range of supports to help newcomers settle there

A new program announced by the federal government last week aims to tackle the problem of so few skilled immigrants choosing to work and live outside Canada’s large urban centres. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the new five-year pilot program January 24, saying it will be aimed at

New solutions are needed to address the labour shortages plaguing the agricultural sector across Canada.

KAP exploring apprenticeship program for farm staff

The farm group has begun early discussions with Apprenticeship Manitoba about the need for training those employed on farms and how training could be offered

With spring seeding around the corner, do you have the people you need on the payroll? Many farmers don’t and know chances of finding someone are next to nil. With the farm labour shortage intensifying, Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) this spring is sitting down with Apprenticeship Manitoba to look further afield for workers. They’re in


Worker shortages mean tougher times for beef and pork producers

Worker shortages mean tougher times for beef and pork producers

Foreign workers will be part of the solution, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council says

Labour shortages will restrict growth in the beef and pork sectors during the next decade, says the latest analysis from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). It says that “a widening labour gap threatens to limit the profitability and growth of Canada’s red-meat industry.” The council is examining 11 agriculture sectors. It has already

Workers bone and cut beef at a meat packing plant in Toronto, May 22, 2003. Work continues at the plant despite several countries placing a temporary ban on Canadian beef after a case of Mad Cow disease was discovered on an Alberta farm.

Four-year rule for TFWs tossed out

Government is also committing to develop pathways to permanent residency for eligible applicants among TFWs

Federal officials recently announced that temporary foreign workers (TFWs) will no longer be required to leave Canada after four years’ employment. The government will also begin paving the way for more to remain in Canada permanently. The ‘cumulative duration’ or ‘four-in, four-out rule,’ was a requirement that these workers could only work here four years