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The Canadian Meat Council says there are about 1,000 vacancies in meat-packing plants across the country.

Jobs minister ‘uninformed’ about ag labour crisis

MaryAnn Mihychuk says packers should step up recruiting, but there are 1,000 jobs that Canadians don’t want

The new federal jobs minister simply doesn’t understand the labour crisis faced by the country’s meat-packing industry, says the co-chair of an industry labour task force. Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says meat packers don’t need temporary foreign workers because there are tens of thousands of laid-off workers who could be recruited. “In the present circumstance, where […] Read more

Mark Chambers new co-chair of labour task force

Alberta’s Mark Chambers has been elected the new co-chair of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Task Force. The task force is developing an action plan to tackle industry labour shortages, an initiative of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council with support from more than 60 partner organizations. “The agriculture industry needs more workers,” said Chambers, […] Read more


“The whole of the value chain, whether it be in the pork industry or the beef industry, is really quite concerned about this issue.”

Worker shortage handicapping ag sector

Plants have jobs but not enough Canadians interested in them

A chronic shortage of workers isn’t just a problem for meat packers, but all of agriculture, say experts. Mark Chambers sees the impact every day at Sunterra Farms, but also knows his experience is being mirrored across the country. “If we can’t get enough labour to produce the value-added products or to expand and grow, […] Read more