Planning for Tomorrow 2.0

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It’s a good time to be entering Ontario’s food and agriculture sector.

In fact, there are currently four jobs for every graduate of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), according to a new “Planning for Tomorrow 2.0” report commissioned by OAC.

Based on a survey of 123 Ontario employers in the sector, the report provides a snapshot of hiring trends and demands in food and agriculture. The new survey updates a previous Planning for Tomorrow report from five years earlier.  Synthesis Agri-Food Network, in collaboration with Orion Global Business Sustainability Consultants, conducted the new study.

Key Findings of the Report

  • Today there are 4 jobs for every OAC graduate entering Ontario’s food and agriculture sector.
  • 44% of food employers and 56% of agriculture employers surveyed project a general increase in the average number of new hires over the next five years.
  • 77% of food employers and 79% of agriculture employers have a preference for formal training in food and agriculture graduates.
  • 50% of food and 57% of agriculture employers surveyed stated that more than half of their employees require or have post-secondary education.
  • 51% of food respondents and 67% of agriculture respondents reported difficulties in finding recruits.
  • Surveyed employers communicated a strong demand for co-op programs and experiential learning.

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Special thanks to Farm Credit Canada, RBC Royal Bank and the OAC Alumni Foundation for their financial support of the Planning for Tomorrow 2.0 study.