Job prospects General Farm Worker near Kitchener (ON)

Explore current and future job prospects for General farm workers near Kitchener (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

Labour shortage

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was good over the past few years (2016-2018). There were more job openings than workers available to fill them.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

general farm worker
Outlook over the next 3 years
Good Good

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of 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 Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie region forms part of the agricultural heartland in southern Ontario and accounts for about 13.0% of all farms in the province. This region has one of the highest concentrations of these workers compared to all other regions. Most of the farms in the region are in the counties of Wellington and Simcoe. Like many parts of Ontario, the total area of land used for farming activities fell throughout Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie. The Simcoe, Wellington, and Waterloo areas all have a larger agricultural workforce than many other parts of the province. In addition, the number of individuals employed in the agricultural industry increased in Waterloo between 2011 and 2016. A large number of farms in the region are oilseed and grain farms, beef cattle ranches, and dairy cattle and milk producers. The county of Wellington is one of the main producers of poultry and eggs in Ontario.

Here are some key facts about General farm workers in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region:

  • Approximately 3,690 people work in this occupation.
  • General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 80%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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