Job prospects Harvest Hand near Kitchener (ON)

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

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.

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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Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Harvesting labourers (NOC 8611) in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several 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 Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie region forms part of the agricultural heartland in southern Ontario and accounts for about 13.0% of all farms and about 12.0% of all greenhouses, nurseries, and floriculture producers in the province. The Simcoe, Wellington, and Waterloo areas all have a larger agricultural workforce than many other parts of the province. Most of the farms in the region are in the counties of Wellington and Simcoe. Further, Simcoe has a high number of greenhouses, nurseries, and floriculture producers in Ontario, many of which specialize in nursery and tree production.

Here are some key facts about Harvesting labourers in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region:

  • Approximately 190 people work in this occupation.
  • Harvesting labourers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152):more than 95%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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