CAN: Fewer employees working in the agricultural sector in 2021, report shows

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, there were 276,977 employees in the agriculture sector in 2021, down 0.6% from 2020.

Almost half of all agricultural workers were employed by the horticulture industry in 2021, led by greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production (+2.1% to 61,015), vegetable and melon (-3.1% to 35,028) and fruit and tree nut (+0.7% to 31,037) farms.

Almost half (49.9%) of all employees in the agriculture sector in 2021 were seasonal employees. Over one-fifth of all seasonal employees, you worked at greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture operations (21.9%).

Farms in Ontario hired the most employees (79,382) in 2021, down 0.6% from a year earlier. Quebec followed with 66,424 employees in 2021, 1.5% fewer compared with a year earlier.


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