Institute for Research on Public Policy Article on the Urgent Need for an Agri-food Labour Strategy

Date: October 2, 2020

Author: Sen. Rob Black

By Sen. Rob Black

​Canada’s farmers and rural communities rely on Temporary Foreign Workers and Seasonal Agriculture Workers to help produce the food we eat. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen vulnerable disruptions to our agri-food labour system.

It has clearly shown the need for a resilient national labour strategy that will not only stabilize the availability of workers throughout the pandemic and beyond, but will also include strategies for introducing widespread skill development measures, labour saving technologies and better labour market intelligence. 

My article co-written by the President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council can be found on the Policy Options website.