Job prospects Fertilization Service Contractor - Agriculture in Canada

People working as a fertilization service contractor - agriculture have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (NOC 8252).

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined Undetermined
Prince Edward Island Good Good
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Undetermined Undetermined
Quebec Fair Fair
Ontario Undetermined Undetermined
Manitoba Fair Fair
Saskatchewan Limited Limited
Alberta Fair Fair
British Columbia Fair Fair
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment continued to decline, but it seems to have stabilized. Despite the decline in employment, the unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in 2018, reaching a historical low, standing below the national average of 5.8%. However, it is worth mentioning that the unemployment rate is not the best labour market indicator for this occupational group because half to the workers are self-employed (who are less likely to report themselves as unemployed). In the meantime, the number of vacancies increased and the number unemployed available to fill those vacant positions declined by half. Finally, this occupation is seasonal. During the summer months, its unemployment rate is usually almost zero, suggesting bottlenecks during the peak working months. While the conditions improved, the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers & Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 11,400 , while 11,300 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2019-2028 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. Despite a lower retirement rate than the average for all occupations, the majority of job openings will come from replacement needs. The average age of workers in this occupational group is higher than in other occupations, but they tend to retire at an older age than most workers. Employment growth is expected to be similar to the average for the rest of the economy, contrasting with the job losses recorded over the period 2009-2018. A significant share of these workers are employed in the management, administrative and other support services industry. Output growth in this industry is projected to accelerate significantly relative to the previous decade, primarily driven by stronger business activities, a pick-up in corporate profitability and the increasing number of firms choosing to outsource support services. The faster pace of growth projected in the construction of commercial, industrial and institutional buildings is expected to boost demand for facilities support services such as landscaping, care and maintenance services. However, as this industry is highly labour intensive, the aging of the population and the gradual retirement of the baby boomer generation will make it more difficult to find skilled workers. This will force employers to come up with new and more efficient ways of delivering services, including automation, leading to faster gains in productivity, which will limit employment gains. On the agriculture side, the outlook is generally favourable for the period 2019-2028, supported by rising global per capita income, greater trade liberalization with the European Union and Asia-Pacific economies, and federally backed initiatives aimed at boosting exports. Growing incomes and greater urbanization in emerging countries present promising growth opportunities, while the signing of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provides more stability to the trade outlook. However, higher international market integration will continue to put pressure on Canadian farmers to be cost-effective through innovative technologies, somewhat limiting employment growth. With regard to labour supply, most job seekers will come from the school system. The net mobility is expected to be very limited, as workers leaving to become managers in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture (NOC 0820), will be replaced by landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers (NOC 8612) seeking advancement and better wages.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

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