Ontario has launched an agri-food labour strategy in order to address labour challenges and ensure a stronger, more sustainable agriculture industry, the provincial government says in a news release on May 10.
“We are committed to working with all partners to plan for today, and beyond the recovery period and help set up the sector for future growth. By developing this labour strategy, we will position this sector for success and ensure Ontario’s food supply chain is protected and remains strong,” Ernie Hardeman, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, says in the release.
The government will give $812,000 to two projects focused on agri-food labour:
- $617,400 to the Ontario Federation of Agriculture for Feeding Your Future — a platform which helps fill labour shortages through a job matching concierge service, and provides free virtual career fairs, webinar series and specialized training opportunities
- $195,000 to Food and Beverage Ontario to implement a strategy which will address critical challenges facing the sector such as talent attraction and retention, skills development and innovation