Job prospects Hand Sprayer - Greenhouse in Ontario

Job opportunities for Nursery and greenhouse workers (NOC 8432) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a hand sprayer - greenhouse.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in Ontario

hand sprayer - greenhouse
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Nursery and greenhouse workers (NOC 8432) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • What Types of Employers Are Out There?

    • Most work in greenhouses, nurseries and floriculture operations
    • A smaller number work at lawn and garden equipment and supply stores

    What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

    • Increased number of greenhouses and larger area dedicated to greenhouse production in Ontario.
    • Shift towards healthier food options, local and organic produce, and the use of greenhouse technologies to extend the farming season.
    • Demand for non-traditional crops, non-native floral species, and growing export markets.
    • Investments in cannabis greenhouse production may create some opportunities.

    What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

    • On-the-job training is often provided.
    • All workers who use Class B or Class C pesticides must attend a Grower Pesticide Safety Course or an approved on-farm training session and be supervised.
    • Experience with various types of agricultural machinery such as mechanical seeders and sprayers is an asset.

    What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

    • Nursery and greenhouse workers is one of the key temporary foreign agricultural worker occupational groups that support activities in primary agriculture.
    • Ability to work long hours in peak harvesting seasons.
    • Job duties may be physically demanding.
    • Some positions may require working in rural and remote communities.
    • Ontario has the highest number of greenhouses, nurseries and floriculture producers in Canada, most of which are in southern Ontario.

Here are some key facts about Nursery and greenhouse workers in the Ontario region:

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