Temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector, 2016 to 2018

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Temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector, 2016 to 2018

Temporary foreign workers (TFW) are an important part of the workforce on Canadian farms.

In 2018, they filled 54,734 jobs on 3,846 farms, primarily in Ontario and Quebec.


Table 1
Jobs filled by temporary foreign workers in the primary agriculture sector, by province, 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Jobs filled by temporary foreign workers in the primary agriculture sector Number (appearing as column headers).
Number
Newfoundland and Labrador 34
Prince Edward Island 285
Nova Scotia 1,566
New Brunswick 145
Quebec 14,653
Ontario 25,611
Manitoba 579
Saskatchewan 447
Alberta 1,900
British Columbia 9,514

Table 2
Jobs filled by temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector, 2016 and 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Jobs filled by temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector Number, calculated using 2016 and 2018 units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Number
2016 2018
Jobs filled 48,585 54,734

Table 3
The majority of jobs filled by TFW are in greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production.
Table summary
This table displays the results of The majority of jobs filled by TFW are in greenhouse Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Percentage
Animal production 6
Vegetable and melon farming 24
Fruit and tree nut farming 27
Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production 34
Other crop farming 9

In 2018, there were TFW from almost 100 countries working in agriculture in Canada.

Almost 90% of these temporary foreign workers came from just three countries, in 2018.


Table 4
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 4 Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Percentage
Mexico 51
Guatemala 20
Jamaica 18

In 2018, the majority of jobs filled by TFW (65%) were on large farms ($2,000,000 or more in revenue).


Table 5
Number of jobs filled by temporary foreign workers in the agriculture sector, by revenue, 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Number of jobs filled by temporary foreign workers in the agriculture sector Number (appearing as column headers).
Number
Less than $100,000 790
$100,000 to $249,999 1,405
$250,000 to $499,999 3,423
$500,000 to $999,999 5,503
$1,000,000 to $1,999,999 8,236
$2,000,000 and over 35,377
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