Nearly three-quarters of businesses in the farming industry say they are suffering because of the current labor shortage, according to a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The report states 74 percent of agri-business owners are working more hours to make up for the lack of staff, and threatening the future of Canadian agriculture. 

"A lot of businesses in the ag sector are impacted by the current shortages of labor," said Jasmin Guenette, CFIB vice-president of national affairs. "About two-thirds also said it's really difficult to recruit and retain staff."

"What it means is that businesses are losing opportunities," Guenette added. "Close to half of agriculture businesses in Canada said that they had to turn down sales because of the current shortages of labor. Many small business owners have no choice but to work more hours, longer hours, and they also have to ask their staff to work longer hours."

Nearly three-quarters of businesses in the farming industry say they are suffering because of the current labor shortage, according to a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

"What it means is that businesses are losing opportunities," Guenette added. "Close to half of agriculture businesses in Canada said that they had to turn down sales because of the current shortages of labor. Many small business owners have no choice but to work more hours, longer hours, and they also have to ask their staff to work longer hours."

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