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Ontario, Alberta create online job portals for agriculture work


April 14, 2020
By Drainage Contractor

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The governments of Ontario and Alberta have launched online job portals to help fill job positions within agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ontario government launched a new web portal to connect workers with employers looking to fill positions in the agri-food sector on April 5, 2020. The new online tool will match people to essential jobs and training resources throughout the provincial food supply chain.

“Right now, there are important jobs that need to be filled across the food supply chain and we are looking for individuals who embody the Ontario spirit to step up and provide an essential service,” said Ernie Hardeman, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. “From farm to fork, it’s these dedicated heroes in the agri-food sector who are working through this difficult period each and every day to keep food on our kitchen tables.”

The web portal, accessible through Ontario.ca/AgFoodJobs, provides access to information on job opportunities and training resources in all parts of Ontario’s food supply chain – from grocery retailers to bakeries and cheese processing plants to opportunities on farms.

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The Government of Alberta launched its own website shortly after to help people find essential agriculture work opportunities in Alberta and for essential agriculture businesses to find workers.

Agriculture and food employers and workers in Alberta can access hiring, job search and farm safety resources through the province’s new Agriculture Job Connector at alberta.ca/AgJobConnector.

“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,” said Devin Dreeshen, provincial minister of agriculture and forestry, in a released statement.