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

general farm worker
Prospects over the next 3 years

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:

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