Job prospects Hand Sprayer - Greenhouse in Canada

People working as a hand sprayer - greenhouse have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Nursery and greenhouse workers (NOC 8432).

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 over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined Undetermined
Prince Edward Island Fair Fair
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Limited Limited
Quebec Fair Fair
Ontario Good Good
Manitoba Fair Fair
Saskatchewan Limited Limited
Alberta Fair Fair
British Columbia Limited Limited
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


SURPLUS: This occupational group is expected to face labour surplus conditions over the period of 2019-2028 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment rebounded, partially recovering job losses during the previous three years. Consequently, the unemployment rate fell to 17.2% in 2018, a historical low for this occupation, but still well above the national average of 5.8% (note that the unemployment rate is affected by the seasonality of labour demand in this occupational group and that during the high season the unemployment rate is usually much lower). The number of job vacancies increased significantly in 2018 and the number of unemployed workers available to fill those positions fell to a very low level. Difficulties to attract domestic workers due to the seasonal nature of the work, its rural location, low wages and long hours have resulted in greater utilization of foreign temporary workers in agriculture, especially during the peak months of production. While the presence of temporary foreign workers during the high season may indicate shortage conditions during those specific months, on average on a yearly basis, the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Nursery and greenhouse workers, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 1,900 , while 3,500 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job seekers are expected to be substantially superior to job openings, creating a surplus of workers over the 2019-2028 period. As it was the case during the 2009-2018 period, modest job losses are expected over the projection period. The outlook for the Canadian agriculture industry is generally favourable for the period 2019-2028, supported by rising global per capita income, freer trade with the European Union and Asia-Pacific economies, and federally backed initiatives aimed at boosting exports. That said, the outlook for the industry is subject to significant uncertainty stemming from a variety of sources, including escalating trade disputes and climate change. While food consumption grows at a fairly constant pace, agriculture prices are extremely volatile due to supply-side uncertainty (from unpredictable crop conditions and fluctuations in input prices) and demand-side uncertainty (from evolving trade relationships and exchange rate movements). An aging demography and stable food consumption are also restraining growth in domestic demand, although the legalization of cannabis across the country represents a positive development. Higher international market integration will continue to put pressure on Canadian farmers to be cost-effective through innovative technologies such as biometric sensors, self-learning milking machines and driverless tractors. Therefore, the vast majority of job openings will result from retirements, despite the retirement rate being below the average for all occupations. The low retirement rate is explained by the average young age of the workers in this occupational group, combined with the fact that they generally retire at an older age. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers will come from the school system and immigration. This occupational group is popular among newcomers in the country, given the possible transition paths from being a temporary worker into a permanent resident. However, occupational mobility will remain negative over the projection period, which means that workers will leave for other occupations. Many of these workers will be looking for career advancement, higher wages or other opportunities such as a supervisor or a manager. As this is a highly seasonal occupation, even if labour market conditions are projected to be in surplus, some labour market pressures are expected to arise during the peak summer months. Difficulties to attract domestic workers due to this seasonal nature, its rural location, relatively low wages and long hours have resulted in greater utilization of temporary foreign workers for this occupation during the peak working months. This situation is expected to persist over time.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

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