Federal Agriculture Minister Bibeau

Agriculture minister addresses labour concerns on Scotian Gold virtual tour

The federal Agriculture Minister has reassured producers across Canada that work is in motion to get temporary foreign workers in place promptly. Marie-Claude Bibeau delivered this message as she received a virtual tour of the Scotian Gold Co-operative apple storage, processing and packaging facilities in Coldbrook.

Scotian Gold president and CEO David Parrish said perhaps the greatest challenge facing them and their apple growers at this point is labour. This was an issue before COVID-19 and the pandemic has presented additional difficulties in terms of getting temporary foreign workers here in a timely manner.

According to Parrish, this is key because as is the case with other agriculture commodities, growing apples is very labour intensive: “If we don’t have the labour, we don’t have an industry.”

Parrish said they have about 115 employees company-wide. They’ve remained 100 per cent local in terms of the employees at their Coldbrook facility but Parrish said this past year has been the first time they’ve struggled to find people.

According to saltwire.com, Bibeau reassured Parrish that they are working very hard to get temporary foreign workers in place on time.


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