Job prospects Harvest Hand near Toronto (ON)

Explore current and future job prospects for Harvesting labourers near Toronto (ON). These trends also apply to people working as a harvest hand.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

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Outlook over the next 3 years
Good Good

The employment outlook will be good for Harvesting labourers (NOC 8611) in the Toronto region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

The Toronto economic region accounts for about 5.0% of all farms and about 12.0% of all greenhouses, nurseries, and floriculture producers in Ontario. This region has a much lower concentration of these workers compared to all other occupations. Most of the farms and greenhouses in Toronto are in the Durham and York regions. Like many parts of the province, the total area of land used for farming activities fell throughout Toronto. Even though the agricultural industry is rather small in this economic region, York and Durham have a fair number of individuals employed in farming operations. In addition, both of these areas have a large number of nursery and tree producers and York has the greatest number of mushroom producers in the province. The agricultural workforce increased in York Region between 2011 and 2016.

Here are some key facts about Harvesting labourers in the Toronto region:

  • Approximately 330 people work in this occupation.
  • Harvesting labourers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 88%
    • Management and Administrative Services (NAICS 55-56): 12%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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