Industry Focus: Agriculture

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Industry Focus: Agriculture

Much of NWPB’s work focuses on the state of the labour force and related indicators throughout Niagara. Given this, NWPB is featuring monthly blog posts highlighting information about industries in Niagara. The focus for this month is agriculture. Employment data for industries are obtained from the Labour Force Survey, which focuses on the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). As a result, these data do not include Grimsby or West Lincoln. For additional information on employment in Grimsby and West Lincoln please review our municipal snapshot documents.

Results from the Labour Force Survey indicate that approximately 3,400 individuals residing in Niagara were employed in agriculture throughout 2018. This puts agriculture as one of the smallest industries of employment for Niagara residents.

Figure 1 shows the number of employed individuals in agriculture. While the agriculture industry saw employment dips in 2015 and 2017, it also saw subsequent increases in 2016 and 2018. Figure 2 shows the percentage of all Niagara residents employed in agriculture.

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Agriculture, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Agriculture, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas

Figure 2 shows the percentage of Niagara’s employed residents that work in agriculture.

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Agriculture Represents, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Agriculture Represents, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas

While data from Statistics Canada report on the number of people living in Niagara who work within a given industry, data from Table 1 provide a count of the number of agriculture jobs in Niagara. Here, the data are based on the Niagara region and include all 12 local municipalities. Table 1 outlines the number of jobs and average annual income per job in agriculture between 2014 and 2018. Overall, the number of jobs between 2014 and 2018 in Niagara increased by 4.7% or 166 jobs.


Table 1. Number of Jobs and Average Wages per Job in Agriculture, 2014-2018, Niagara  

Industry 2014 Jobs 2015 Jobs 2016 Jobs 2017 Jobs 2018 Jobs Avg. Annual Income Per Job
Agriculture 3,530 3,710 3,745 3,696 3,696 $27,037

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2019.1, employees

Table 2 dives deeper into agriculture to provide an outline of the most common occupations within the industry.


Table 2. Top Occupations within the Agriculture Industry, 2017, Niagara

Description Employed in Industry (2018) % of Total Jobs in Industry (2018) Median Hourly Wages
General farm workers 998 27.0% $14.58
Nursery and greenhouse workers 885 23.9% $14.16
Managers in agriculture 148 4.0% $21.61
Transport truck drivers 135 3.7% $21.27
Harvesting labourers 99 2.7% $13.01
Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers 79 2.1% $18.54
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 65 1.8% $22.62
Retail salespersons 59 1.6% $14.16
Managers in horticulture 56 1.5% $25.78
Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers 51 1.4% $15.20

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2019.1, employees

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