The federal and provincial governments are offering $1.5 million to companies and farmers who are trying to recruit workers.
“Labour challenges continue to be one of the leading bottlenecks to growth in our agriculture sector,” said federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.
“At the same time, there are countless quality and dynamic job opportunities for Canadians looking for rewarding careers. This cost-shared funding for employee attraction, training and retention helps bridge that divide between employable Canadians and labour shortages, and is vital to ensure the long-term prosperity of the sector.”
“Investing in a strong workforce for the agri-food sector is vital to our economy and our rural communities,” said Ontario Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson.
The money is for:
Implementing new, enhanced or expanded approaches to attract and retain labour;
Planning, analyzing and assessing labour force needs, and
Implementing training to address identified workforce needs, including training to improve food safety and traceability, labour productivity or tech-focused skills gap.
Projects may be eligible for up to 70 per cent funding of eligible expenses to a maximum of $250,000.