Industry Statistics

Many aspects of the agriculture sector are not well understood due to gaps in timely or relevant data. The workforce and labour market are constantly changing, and farmers are regularly citing chronic labour shortages as a major constraint to the growth of their operations. Access to timely information is important to understand the challenges employers in Nova Scotia are facing.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture has been working alongside the Association of Industry Sector Councils (AISC) since 2021 to develop labour market information collection for the province’s agriculture industry.

By gathering and analysing this data, we aim to:

  • Improve the capacity of Nova Scotian farmers to effectively engage in workforce planning
  • Interpret data to identify current and future labour force resource requirements and labour and skills supply issues
  • Assist members in creating business growth strategies with sound Human Resources Plans to support them.

Being able to properly quantify key labour market indicators is important in beginning to identify problems and address the needs of the sector. With the information provided, the NSFA can better respond to producer risks and challenges to assist in growing businesses by providing targeted support through new programs and initiatives.