Taking a cue from across the pond where thousands of British people came out to harvest crops when Britain faced a shortage of temporary foreign workers, the Alberta government has launched a website to create an Albertan “land army” to fill agriculture and agri-food jobs.
The Alberta government is hoping to connect Albertans who are out of a job and willing to work in the agriculture sector with employers, who typically rely on federal temporary foreign workers (TFW) program. With travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, many farmers are concerned about the availability of foreign workers.
Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, said, “There are great job opportunities on Alberta farms and ranches. There is definitely a greater appreciation for Alberta’s agriculture sector, and this new website will help Albertans find an exciting new job in this essential service.”
Those who are interested can access hiring, job search and farm safety resources at the new Agriculture Jobs Connector website.