DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Northern Lights College has announced it is undertaking an agricultural labour market study.

In partnership with local industry, Todd Bondaroff, Associate Vice President, at Northern Lights College, says it will be conducting a study, titled the ‘State of the Agriculture Labour Trends and Needs in Northeast British Columbia’, and will help to identify the upcoming labour market gaps in the agriculture and agri-food industry.

“Northern B.C. has some of the most vital agricultural land in the province. This study will allow us to help the industry fill gaps in the education these future workers will need. We
look forward to the outcome of the study and the potential impact on the region.”

By 2025, one in four Canadian farmers will be aged 65 or older, and over the next decade, 37 percent of the agricultural workforce will be set to retire.

From the data collected, the College will then produce a report that includes strategies to build community capacity and address regional labour market challenges.

The $267,000 study is funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.