Category Archives: Foundational Data

Shortage of Canadians working in agriculture to double by 2025

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council has just published the results of a major investigation into labour shortages in agriculture in Canada. The full report is Agriculture 2025: How the Sector’s Labour Challenges Will Shape its Future. At present, the supply of Canadians willing to work on farms is 59,000 less than the demand. Most… Read More


Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference – Final Day – Human Capital & Migration

One of the interesting sessions at the CRRF conference came from the “human capital and migration” team of the Rural Policy Learning Commons. Linamar Campos (Université de Montréal) spoke about the experience of agriculture temporary foreign workers in communities of rural Quebec. The main issue, as has been noted by many others, is that temporary… Read More


CRRF has organized Canada’s only annual national rural policy conference for the past 28 years!

The annual conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation starts tomorrow (October 12, 2016) in Guelph. Tomorrow I will be attending the Annual Rural Policy Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). CRRF has organized Canada’s only annual national rural policy conference for the past 28 years. CRRF brings together researchers, policy analysts and… Read More


Ontario Farmers’ Markets Trends include the Growth of Immigrant Farming

This time of year is a great time to focus on one of my favourite topics, farmers’ markets. As we reach peak summer harvest, markets across the province are booming! As noted on the official website of the Ontario farmers’ markets, these markets are loved by shoppers, communities and farmers alike. Increasingly discerning shoppers appreciate… Read More


How much goes to the Farmer? Research Findings

Someone recently sent me an article that got me to reflect on how much of my spending on fresh produce actually goes to support the farmers who grew what I am consuming.  I have to admit that I had never thought much about it.  So what is the answer?.… Well, it depends.  Defining and Researching… Read More


Research: Immigrant Business Owners in Canada

On March 21, Statistics Canada released its research paper Immigration, Business Ownership and Employment in Canada. A synopsis of the report can be found in its publication The Daily. This study marks the first time that Statistics Canada has released data providing an overview of immigrant business ownership and the associated job creation in Canada.… Read More


Foreign ownership of Canadian food manufacturing

Foreign ownership is a tangible sign of the globalized world in which we live. It has been a controversial political issue in Canada, but today trade and investment across national boundaries is not only the norm but also binds together national economies so that fluctuations in one have repercussions far away. Research recently released by… Read More


Series: Self-Employment in Ontario’s Agriculture and Food-related Sectors, 2001 to 2014. Part 3: Self-Employment in Food Manufacturing, including Bakeries

This series of five blog posts is focused on self-employment in agriculture and food-related sectors in Ontario from 2001 to 2014. The data has been collected from OMAFRA’s Analyst (EMSI) database. The blog posts are excerpts from longer reports written by Ray Bollman and available from REAPontario upon request. Part 3: Self-Employment in Food Manufacturing,… Read More


Series: Self-Employment in Ontario’s Agriculture and Food-related Sectors, 2001 to 2014. Part 2: Self-Employment in Farm Support Services and Food Manufacturing

This series of five blog posts is focused on self-employment in agriculture and food-related sectors in Ontario from 2001 to 2014. The data has been collected from OMAFRA’s Analyst (EMSI) database. The blog posts are excerpts from longer reports written by Ray Bollman and available from REAPontario upon request. Part 2: Self-Employment in Farm Support… Read More


Series: Self-Employment in Ontario’s Agriculture & Food-related Sectors, 2001 to 2014. Part 1: Self-Employment Overview

This series of five blog posts is focused on self-employment in agriculture and food-related sectors in Ontario from 2001 to 2014. The data has been collected from OMAFRA’s Analyst (EMSI) database. The blog posts are excerpts from longer reports written by Ray Bollman and available from REAPontario upon request. Part 1: Self-Employment Overview Key Findings… Read More