Ontario’s pork industry has undergone many changes in the past 10 years.  As farms have decreased in numbers, the remaining farms have increased in size.  Many farms that previously relied primarily on family to meet labour requirements now hire non-family employees to fill their labour needs.

Human resource management is a huge challenge that all members of the pork industry face.  The ability to attract, motivate and retain labour is an issue from the farm level right through the value chain.

This project addresses those issues via two main pillars:
1.    Promotion of Careers within the Pork Industry
2.    Providing Human Resources Management tools to pork industry members

Through these two pillars OPIC is addressing the following project objectives:

  • Increase the competitiveness of the Ontario pork industry by promoting the industry to entry level workers and improving HR and training capacity in a cost effective manner
  • Meet the challenge of providing training in an industry where everyone is under pressure to do more with less
  • Deliver useful training programs to a wide audience
  • Have a presence at events where high volumes of people can be reached in short periods of time and allow for promotion of the pork industry and the Human Resources issues affecting it
  • Build stronger partnerships  between OPIC, Ontario Pork, OMAFRA and other industry associations and stakeholders
  • Share ideas with other sectors within agriculture (the commodity may be different but many of the issues will be the same)

Tools Available:

  • Online training  
  • Documents, forms and HR Advisory support
  • HR Toolkit for developing a Human Resources plan
  • Resume support
  • Updates on current legislation affecting both employees and employers 
  • https://pork.agrijobmatch.ca/ 



Investment in this project was provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Adaptation Programming and administered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.



© 2013 Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC)