Job prospects General Farm Worker in Québec
Job opportunities for General farm workers (NOC 8431) are fair in Québec over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a general farm worker.
Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.
Job opportunities in Québec
The employment outlook will be fair for General farm workers (NOC 8431) in Québec 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 moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
It is possible to work in this occupation without any specific training. However, a secondary school diploma or a Diploma of Vocational Studies in field crops, livestock production or maple syrup production may facilitate access to this occupation. A basic knowledge of farm machinery maintenance, as well as class 8 driver's license (tractor driving) recognized by the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, is often required. Employers are looking for reliable people with the ability to work in a team. Candidates must also be in good physical condition, have manual dexterity and be able to handle heavy loads.
In agriculture, the size of farms has increased and the concentration of activity continues on large farms. For example, productivity gains from equipment investment and increased use of farm machinery reduce labor requirements. However, growing awareness of healthy eating and environmental protection is stimulating the emergence of smaller, specific farms such as sheep and lamb farming or organic farming. In addition, consumer demand is diversifying into a multitude of niche and local products. These new trends could potentially create additional employment opportunities, even though these niches still represent only a small proportion of current production.
Here are some key facts about General farm workers in Québec:
- Approximately 17,850 people work in this occupation.
- General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 91%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 75% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 25% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 52% of general farm workers work all year, while 48% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 26 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
- 17% of general farm workers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Limited Limited|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Fair Fair|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Fair Fair|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Fair Fair|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Fair Fair|
|Côte-Nord Region||Fair Fair|
|Estrie Region||Fair Fair|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Fair Fair|
|Lanaudière Region||Fair Fair|
|Laurentides Region||Fair Fair|
|Laval Region||Fair Fair|
|Mauricie Region||Fair Fair|
|Montréal Region||Fair Fair|
|Montérégie Region||Fair Fair|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Fair Fair|
|Outaouais Region||Fair Fair|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Fair Fair|
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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada
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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