Job prospects General Farm Worker - Livestock in the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as "General farm workers" in the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region or Canada.

Current and future job prospects

Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.

Recent trends from the past 3 years


Over the past few years (2019-2021), the labour market was balanced for General farm workers in the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region. The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available in this occupation.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Assessment Methodology

Job outlook over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be limited for General farm workers (NOC 8431) in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region for the 2022-2024 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 several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
  • Over the past decade, farm size has increased and the concentration of activity has continued within large farms. As a result, productivity gains from investments in equipment and increased use of farm machinery have reduced labour requirements in these businesses.
  • Despite this, the majority of tasks remain difficult to automate and the industry must rely on these workers to perform work on crop and livestock farms. Recruitment is difficult and the industry must rely on temporary foreign workers to fill available jobs.
  • The population's growing interest of in eating healthy, buying local and short food supply chains promotes the establishment of small, local vegetable production and livestock operations. These new trends create additional employment opportunities for this occupation, even though these niches represent a small proportion of agriculture.

Here are some key facts about General farm workers in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region:

  • Approximately 1,480 people worked in this occupation in May 2016.
  • General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 83%

Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Find out what will be the job prospects for General farm workers across Canada over the next 10 years, from 2022 to 2031.

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Labour Market Information Survey
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