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More temporary foreign workers needed, says CCA

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association wants the federal government to make changes to the temporary foreign worker program to address the shortage of labour.

“Cattle producers and beef processors are struggling to find enough workers, and straining to deal with the impacts of job vacancies on production,” the association said in a recent newsletter.

It cites studies that found six per cent of jobs in the beef industry are going unfilled and that cost the sector $141 million in lost sales in 2014. It wants Ottawa to develop a “workforce action plan” to address the overall labour shortage in agriculture and said “a viable foreign worker program is a vital component of the overall plan.”

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