Expanding Job Entry Pathways in Agri-food

First Work is excited to partner with the Ontario government to Expand Job Entry Pathways in Agri-food.

As with other sectors, the agriculture and food processing sectors are facing high labour shortages and a depleting workforce.

As Ontario navigates the increasing talent gaps and supply chain vulnerabilities, there is also opportunity to strengthen job pathways that better align with the new workforce’s motivations.

Utilizing our 100+ member network, First Work will partner with sector associations and the government to increase awareness of agri-food programs in schools.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Ontario is helping agri-food businesses tap into the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development’s resources and supports while accessing Employment Ontario network of agencies through a new project that enables agri-food businesses to access local workers and employer incentives.

Ontario’s Expanding Job Entry Pathways project will help agri-food businesses access local workers and employer incentives, while building awareness of careers in the agri-food industry – through facilitated information sessions and career fairs with both job seekers and employers – and provide tools to better equip employers in navigating our employment network.

The project will connect agri-food businesses to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development’s Employment Ontario network of agencies supporting skilled workers and employers.

GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This project is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. First Work and Our network of Employment Ontario agencies will help Agri-food businesses across the province find local workers and access employer incentives.

With an investment of $200,000, the Expanding Job Entry Pathways project is part of the province’s Food Security and Supply Chain Fund and Grow Ontario Strategy. Actions under the Strategy are designed to support economic recovery and resilience within Ontario’s agri-food sector, while simultaneously helping address challenges, such as labour shortages and supply chain vulnerabilities.