Canada is Bringing in Foreign Workers for Green House Based Cannabis Jobs
When Canada first legalized cannabis it was clear that the industry was going to be huge – after all, this is an entire country compared to the handful of states that have made this bold change. Anyone who was looking for work in the country now had a new opportunity to consider – and for some it was just the job they were looking for.
Currently, there are roughly 1,700 job openings across the nation – with 34 of every 10,000 jobs in Canada listed on Indeed being cannabis related. These numbers may not seem significant or impressive – but the industry will have roughly doubled from their original 2,400 who were employed at the end of 2017.
However, not all the jobs that are available are ones that Canadians want. One company told Bloomberg that they hired 50 people over the summer to work in their greenhouses – and 42 of them quit within a week due to the hot conditions.
To get past this issue, some companies are using the country’s Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program to bring in workers from other countries to keep their greenhouses running so they can keep up with the needed supply, which has significantly increased since nationwide legalization was implemented.
This means that Canada legalizing cannabis is not only benefiting Canadians in numerous ways, but it is also already benefitting other countries as well. People who come from more tropical southern climates who are already acclimated to the warm weather would be more comfortable – and likely have more experience – working in such warm conditions.
Cannabis requires a relatively warm climate to grow to its full potential, making summer the ideal months for growing cannabis outdoors or in greenhouses – so this is something those working in cultivation would need to expect.
There has already been a lot of growth for the cannabis industry in recent years – with the addition of Canada’s nationwide legalization being one of the biggest contributors for 2018. As we move into the New Year, those looking for a career change can rest easy knowing that Canada is looking to employ both their own citizens and those from other countries as well.