Job prospects General Farm Worker near Toronto (ON)

Explore current and future job prospects for General farm workers near Toronto (ON). These trends also apply to people working as a general farm worker.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

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Outlook over the next 3 years
Good Good

The employment outlook will be good for General farm workers (NOC 8431) in the Toronto region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities may vary depending on the time of the year.

The Toronto economic region accounts for about 5.0% of all farms in Ontario. This region has a much lower concentration of these workers compared to all other occupations. Most of the farms in Toronto are in the Durham and York regions. Like many parts of the province, the total area of land used for farming activities fell throughout Toronto. Even though the agricultural industry is rather small in this economic region, York and Durham have a fair number of individuals employed in farming operations. Further, the agricultural workforce increased rather significantly in York between 2011 and 2016. A large number of farms in the Toronto region are oilseed and grain farms and York has the greatest number of mushroom producers in the province.

Here are some key facts about General farm workers in the Toronto region:

  • Approximately 1,880 people work in this occupation.
  • General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 52%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 16%
    • Food, beverage and tobacco product manufacturing (NAICS 311, 312): 11%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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