Job prospects Hand Sprayer - Greenhouse in Ontario

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "hand sprayer - greenhouse" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be good for Nursery and greenhouse workers (NOC 8432) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Most work in greenhouses, nurseries and floriculture operations
  • A smaller number work at lawn and garden equipment and supply stores

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Large number of greenhouses and area dedicated to greenhouse production in Ontario
  • Shift towards healthier food options, local and organic produce, and the use of greenhouse technologies to extend the farming season
  • Demand for non-traditional crops, non-native floral species, and established export markets

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • All workers who use Class B or Class C pesticides must attend a Grower Pesticide Safety Course or an approved on-farm training session and be supervised
  • Experience with various types of agricultural machinery such as mechanical seeders and sprayers is an asset

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Nursery and greenhouse workers is one of the key temporary foreign agricultural worker occupational groups that support activities in primary agriculture
  • Ability to work long hours in peak harvesting seasons
  • Some positions may require working in rural and remote communities

Ontario has the highest number of greenhouses, nurseries and floriculture producers in Canada, most of which are in southern Ontario.

Here are some key facts about Nursery and greenhouse workers in Ontario:

  • Approximately 10,700 people work in this occupation.
  • Nursery and greenhouse workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 71%
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 13%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 69% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 31% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 34% of nursery and greenhouse workers work all year, while 66% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 25 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of nursery and greenhouse workers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 44% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 56% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 32% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 41% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 17% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 6% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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