Job prospects General Farm Worker in Ontario
Job opportunities for General farm workers (NOC 8431) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a general farm worker.
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 in Ontario
The employment outlook will be good for General farm workers (NOC 8431) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
- Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
What Types of Employers Are Out There?
- Most work at farms
- A smaller number work at food manufacturers, horse racing tracks, and wholesalers of farm products
What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?
- Population growth and advancements in farming to support larger and more complex operations may support job prospects in this occupation.
- Demand for local and organic produce, non-traditional crops, and growing export markets.
- Greater focus on crop and livestock health and safety including disease prevention.
- Agricultural industry can be sensitive to factors such as weather and global trade and prices.
What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?
- Formal education is usually not required and employers often provide on-the-job training.
- All workers who use Class B or Class C pesticides must attend a Grower Pesticide Safety Course or an approved on-farm training session and be supervised.
- Experience with various types of agricultural machinery such as mechanical seeders, sprayers, feeding systems and milking systems is an asset.
- Experience in a particular type of crop or livestock farming may be beneficial.
What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?
- General farm workers is one of the key temporary foreign agricultural worker occupational groups that support activities in primary agriculture.
- Ability to work long hours in peak farming seasons.
- Job duties may be physically demanding.
- Some positions may require working in rural and remote communities.
Most farms are located in southern Ontario.
Here are some key facts about General farm workers in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 20,900 people work in this occupation.
- General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 88%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 69% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 31% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 58% of general farm workers work all year, while 42% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 25 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 21% of general farm workers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Good Good|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Good Good|
|London Region||Good Good|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Good Good|
|Northeast Region||Good Good|
|Northwest Region||Good Good|
|Ottawa Region||Good Good|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Toronto Region||Good Good|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Good Good|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
We expect that the labour supply and demand for General farm workers (NOC 8431) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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