Agricultural employees, 2016 to 2018

Release date: May 15, 2020
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Agricultural employees, 2016 to 2018

The total number of agriculture employees remained relatively steady between 2016 and 2018, while the number of temporary foreign workers increased by 13%.


The total number of agriculture employees remained relatively steady between 2016 and 2018, while the number of temporary foreign workers increased by 13%. Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1 2016, 2017 and 2018 (appearing as column headers).
2016 2017 2018
Total number of agricultural workers 265,797 266,140 268,779
Number of temporary foreign workers (TFW) 48,585 50,641 54,734

In 2018, just over half of all agricultural workers were seasonal employees.


In 2018, just over half of all agricultural workers were seasonal employees.
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2 Percent of total employees (appearing as column headers).
Percent of total employees
Full-time employees 34%
Part-time employees 14%
Seasonal employees 52%

In 2018, more than half of all agricultural employees (53%) worked in Ontario and Quebec.


In 2018, more than half of all agricultural employees (53%) worked in Ontario and Quebec.
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3 Number of agricultural workers, 2018 (appearing as column headers).
Number of agricultural workers, 2018
Newfoundland and Labrador 1,365
Prince Edward Island 4,282
Nova Scotia 6,664
New Brunswick 5,903
Quebec 63,237
Ontario 79,621
Manitoba 16,936
Saskatchewan 21,705
Alberta 34,700
British Columbia 34,366

The greenhouse, nursery and ­floriculture production industry was the biggest employer in 2018, followed by the oilseed and grain farming industry.


The greenhouse, nursery and ­floriculture production industry was the biggest employer in 2018, followed by the oilseed and grain farming industry.
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 4 Number of agricultural employees, 2018 (appearing as column headers).
Number of agricultural employees, 2018
Beef and feedlots 14,267
Dairy and milk 32,177
Poultry and egg production 15,977
Hog and pig farming 10,740
Other animal production 11,034
Vegetable and melon farming 33,816
Fruit and tree nut farming 30,991
Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production 56,881
Oilseed and grain farming 45,253
Other crop farming 17,643

In 2018, 43% of employees on farms with $2,000,000 or more in revenue worked full-time, compared with 27% on farms with less than $2,000,000 in revenue.


In 2018, 43% of employees on farms with $2,000,000 or more in revenue worked full-time, compared with 27% on farms with less than $2,000,000 in revenue.
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 5 Full-time employees, Part-time employees and Seasonal employees (appearing as column headers).
Full-time employees Part-time employees Seasonal employees
Less than $2,000,000 27% 18% 55%
$2,000,000 or more 43% 9% 48%

Source: Statistics Canada, tables 32-10-0215 to 32-10-0221.

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