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Just paying Canadians more to work in the farm sector or further automating farms

Canadian farms need foreign workers

The Conference Board of Canada says the industry is facing a growing labour crunch

Canadian agriculture faces a serious roadblock to future expansion through a growing shortage of workers with the right skills, says a report from the Conference Board of Canada. The report, entitled Sowing the Seeds of Growth, says the agriculture sector is “on a seemingly unsustainable path, with an ever-growing labour gap that is likely to

Foreign worker hiring headache?

Farm labour shortages continue to be a problem across Canada and especially 
on the Prairies where oil dollars lure workers away from farms

Bill Martin’s phone has been ringing off the hook. The vice-president of Saskatoon-based Farmers of North America got 30 calls in the first two days after his organization launched a new initiative last month to streamline the process of getting temporary foreign workers. “Members started calling in immediately after receiving notifications,” said Martin. “The feeling



Farm group backs U.S. immigration reform

The largest U.S. farm group is throwing its weight behind a new immigration law reform that would allow undocumented workers already in the country to gain legal status. Delegates at the annual meeting of the six-million-member American Farm Bureau Federation issued the call after U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asked them to speak up for

Separate path for farm labour in U.S. Senate immigration plan

Reuters / Agricultural labourers would be on a separate path to U.S. citizenship than other undocumented workers in the immigration reforms proposed by eight senators Jan. 28 that cited the importance of feeding America. Many of the 1.5 million farm workers employed in the United States annually — perhaps 500,000 to 900,000 in all —


Farm Workers Exempt From New Rules

Anew cap on how long temporary foreign workers can work in Canada before having to return home will not apply to seasonal farm workers. Changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), taking effect April 1 will not affect Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, the federal government said in a release Mar. 24. The