Job prospects General Farm Worker near Hamilton (ON)

Explore current and future job prospects for General farm workers near Hamilton (ON). These trends also apply to people working as a general farm worker.

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Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

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Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for General farm workers (NOC 8431) in the Hamilton - Niagara Peninsula region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities may vary depending on the time of the year.

The Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula region forms part of the agricultural heartland in southern Ontario and accounts for about 12.0% of all farms in the province. This economic region has the largest agricultural workforce in Ontario. Most of the farms in the region are in the Haldimand-Norfolk and Niagara areas. These two areas employ more workers in the agricultural industry than elsewhere in Ontario and Hamilton and Brant have sizeable workforces as well. The number of individuals employed in the agricultural industry grew significantly in Haldimand-Norfolk and modestly in Brant between 2011 and 2016. Like many parts of the province, the total area of land used for farming activities fell throughout Hamilton–Niagara except in the county of Brant. In addition to oilseed and grain production, a large number of farms in the region specialize in vegetable and melon farming and poultry and egg production. The Niagara area has the greatest number of fruit and tree nut farms in Ontario.

Here are some key facts about General farm workers in the Hamilton - Niagara Peninsula region:

  • Approximately 2,960 people work in this occupation.
  • General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 84%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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