Working the fields

A farmer works his fields, an act that may become cheaper folloing the introduction of a bill that would expand carbon tax exemptions.

Canada faces a persistent farm labour shortage despite hiring migrant workers, says a Department of Agriculture report. The findings follow a 2020 appeal by members of the Senate agriculture committee to have taxpayers pay bonuses to jobless Canadians to work in agriculture.

“Recruitment of staff in general, regardless of skill level, is an important challenge producers had to face,” said the report 2022 Strategic Issues Survey With Producers. Researchers said labour shortages were most serious among poultry, vegetable and fruit producers, organic operators and farmers of all types with revenue over $1 million annually.

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Matthew Horwood is the Parliamentary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Parliamentary Bureau. He has a degree in journalism from Carleton University and has been a reporter for the Hill Times and the Ottawa Business Journal.

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Left Coast

My buddies son tried running his On Line Business from Nova Scotia over a decade ago. He was amazed when he hired the locals, trained them and then they just worked till they were Eligible for EI . . . and of course you all know that the EI in the Maritimes is different from the ROC. Harper made EI all the same . . . but our Justin rolled it back . . . needless to say a a couple of years ago he moved back west.

Perhaps when they get really Hungary they will be motivated to work on the farms . . .


If 35% are short workers does that mean 65% are tall workers?

Mars Hill

You beat me to it (:




I was thinking the same thing haha.


"taxpayers pay bonuses to jobless Canadians to work"

Maybe we just get rid of welfare and EI for able bodied Canadians.

Free Canada

Shortage of workers will result in farmers being forced to pay higher wages or just producing less. This causes INFLATION. Yes money printing causes inflation, but this is just one of a hundred different things our governments are not dealing with and consequently everything is harder to do, then it costs more and more.


Yep it should. The proper market response would be to pay more. If the business model being used requires cheap/slave labour it should not exist. Canadian wages should rise in response to market demand.

But of course Canada rejects free market ideas and prefers to bring in cheap/slave labour. At least until they have a more reliable supply of local prison labour.

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