A new seed treatment for protection against early season pests of canola will be available from Syngenta next season. The company announced the approval of its Fortenza Advanced label this week that combines two seed-applied insecticides in one product, and is an alternative to neonicotinoid seed treatments. The product offers protection from both striped and…
Data from a new report by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) shows that farmer’s across Canadian ag industry lost $2.9 billion in sales due to unfilled vacancies. The amount is an increase of $1.5 billion since 2014. The Labour Market Forecast to 2029 also shows 46 per cent of producers who reported vacancies either delayed or out right…
Data from a new report by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) shows that farmer’s across Canadian ag industry lost $2.9 billion in sales due to unfilled vacancies. The amount is an increase of $1.5 billion since 2014.
The Labour Market Forecast to 2029 also shows 46 per cent of producers who reported vacancies either delayed or out right quashed the thought of expanding their operation which in return, many reported extreme stress for themselves and their workers. According to a news release, nearly 90 per cent of producers with unfilled jobs identified excessive stress and hours as a result of not being able to find the workers they required.
“Labour shortages in Canadian agriculture can only be addressed by taking decisive action,” says Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, executive director of CAHRC. “By working together, we can find meaningful, creative solutions to increase the supply of labour and improve the skills of the sector’s workforce for the continued success and growth of agriculture across Canada.”
Key findings from the report include total job vacancies in agriculture have declined to 16,500 from 26,400, largely as a result of the adoption of technology, and an increase in the number of international workers who fill jobs where no Canadians can be found.
Vacancy rates in agriculture remain higher than any other sector in the country at 5.4 per cent, which is a decrease since 2014 when the rate was seven per cent. Currently the national average is 2.9 per cent.
In order to address the labour shortage, CAHRC has identified and developed agriculture-specific human resource (HR) tools designed to support modern farm operations to manage their workforce. The organizations also provide training programs around agri-skills, online and in-person through the Agri HR Toolkit, which is a guide to help businesses with HR needs involving a temporary foreign worker.
Over the next few weeks, a series of 22 reports with labour market forecasts for each province and major agricultural commodity will be released.
According to a news release, the agricultural labour market research was validated through industry consultations conducted Canada-wide involving 1,900 farm business owners, employees and stakeholder organizations. The labour market forecast research was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.
A new seed treatment for protection against early season pests of canola will be available from Syngenta next season. The company announced the approval of its Fortenza Advanced label this…
A new seed treatment for protection against early season pests of canola will be available from Syngenta next season. The company announced the approval of its Fortenza Advanced label this week that combines two seed-applied insecticides in one product, and is an alternative to neonicotinoid seed treatments.
The product offers protection from both striped and crucifer flea beetles, as well as cutworms, the company says. Insecticide ingredients include sulfoxaflor (Group 4A) and cyantraniliprole (Group 28).
“Feeding by flea beetles and cutworms can result in uneven emergence, thin plant stands, delayed crop development, and uneven maturity, leading to lower yield potential. Feeding sites can also act as entry points for disease-causing pathogens, further threatening canola yields,” says Karen Ullman, seedcare and inoculant product lead for Syngenta Canada.
“Fortenza Advanced gives canola producers peace of mind with industry-leading flea beetle protection, and can help reduce the likelihood a farmer will have to spray a foliar insecticide early in the season,” she adds.
Fortenza Advanced will be available on commercially treated canola seed for the 2020 growing season.
Changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations could be on the way, following proposed changes published in the Canadian Gazette. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social…
Changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations could be on the way, following proposed changes published in the Canadian Gazette. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) are seeking comments from all interested parties on a proposal to amend the regulations to allow temporary foreign workers more flexibility in changing employers.
Under current rules, a TFW is restricted to one employer and must obtain an employer-specific work permit from IRCC. Workers are able to change their employer, however, under the current rules any employee trying to do so would be subject to existing immigration requirements which can be costly and take time.
Advocacy groups have pushed for change for quite some time as they’ve investigated abuse of power and worker abuse in some situations, along with reports of exploitation when workers have wanted to leave.
With that in mind, the IRCC and ESDC are considering changes to support a more inclusive work permit. Rather than an employer specific permit, the amendments would make the permit occupation-specific. The permit would fall under the Primary Agriculture Stream and Low-wage Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
“The mobility offered by this type of work permit could help workers leave an abusive workplace and potentially promote more competitive working conditions for foreign and domestic workers,” the proposed changes read.
Both departments say they recognize a number of program design elements would have to be put in place before an occupation-specific work permit could be implemented, which is why they’re seeking comment from interested parties on certain elements such as would it increase the likelihood that foreign workers would seek out better job opportunities within their occupation?
Comments may be submitted within 30 days of publishing in the Gazette.
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