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Agriculture & Agri-Food System

Work Area

Work in this sector encompasses a large range of professions. Possible work areas include:

  • Agri-business management
  • Financial management
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Food production management
  • Animal production
  • Crop research
  • Policy analysis
  • Industrial packaging
  • Aquaculture and commercial fishing
  • Landscape architecture and design
  • Agricultural economics
  • Farming and gardening
  • Forest production
  • Agricultural services
  • Environmental conservation
  • Education and communication
  • Pet and animal services
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Agri-tourism and eco-tourism
  • Agricultural services and consulting

Typical Employers

Typical employers can be categorized into the following core areas:

  • Farming. Farmers and farm laborers that produce all types of crops and livestock for commercial purposes. Typical employers include but not limited to, small and large crop farms, fruit and nut orchards, cattle ranches, dairy farms, chick farms, plant nurseries, flower farms, tree farms, and many other agricultural operations in rural, suburban, and urban settings.
  • Agricultural Services. Organizations that establish and maintain agricultural producers and other agricultural-related entrepreneurs. Typical employers include but not limited to, government agencies, farm advisory services, consulting and appraisal firms, banking and financial organizations, grain elevator facilities, agricultural research centres, quality and testing laboratories.
  • Agribusiness. Organizations that offer expertise to help agricultural enterprises make wise business decisions. Typical employers include but not limited to, commodity brokerage firms, agri-business management firms, transportation and logistics firms, banking and mortgage institution, product/market development organizations, feed and fertilizer companies, and food processing companies, and farm real estate firms.

Leading companies in the Greater Montreal: Danone Canada, Industries Lassonde, Barry Gallebaut, Kraft Canada, Labatt, Molson, Nestlé, Parmalat, Saputo.

Industry Profiles

To learn more about this sector, visit the following web sites:

Career Profiles

To learn more about different career options in this sector, visit the following web sites:

  • AgriPathways (CAHRC)
    Career opportunities in the primary agriculture: Cattle, poultry and egg, swine, aquaculture, other animal, greenhouse and nursery, tree fruit and vine, field fruit and vegetables, crops, and other agriculture.
  • Agriculture Career Guide (TalentEgg)
    Everything you need to know about getting a job in Agriculture and hatching a career in Agriculture.
  • A Career in Seeds (Canadian Seed Trade Association)
    Career profiles: Research and agronomy, production and supply chain logistics, business and marketing.
  • Careers in Agriculture (BCAITC)
    Career profiles of today’s farmers – land use planner, quality control technician, greenhouse technician, sustainability project manager, food product technologist, agricultural finance specialist and more.
  • Careers in Horticulture (Grow)
    Career profiles in field of Horticulture: Plant science, arts & design, heritage & conservation, health & wellbeing, production & food, etc.
  • Identifying On-Farm Occupations (CAHRC)
    Link to occupational matrix of on-farm occupations and descriptions of on-farm occupations.
  • Science on the Farm (Science Careers)
    Career stories in: Agricultural biotechnology, agronomy, bio-systems engineering, crop research, entomology, high-tech farming, organic farming, policy and risk assessment, vaccine and disease research and more.
  • Career in Food Security (Science Career)
    Information on how it is like working in food security.
  • Want to work in food security? Here are 6 career paths (devex)
    Six career paths to consider for those who want to work on food security issues.

Career Books & Magazines

Find an Organization

McGill, Quebec & Ontario

  • McGill Industry Database (McGill Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)
    Companies that have or have not hosted MAC student interns. Look for the section "Download Database" and login with your McGill username and password.
  • Quebec - Agrotourisme (Agrotourisme.com)
    A list of farms, vineyard and agriculture related business.
  • Quebec - CRAAQ Directories (CRAAQ)
    Reference tools listing all the advisory services offered to agribusinesses and agriculture stakeholders: Directory of advisory services, Directory of experts, Directory for young farmers, and Quebec directory of agroforestry experts and professionals.
  • Quebec - Community meals and food security (OMHM)
    A list of organizations in helping improve diets and relieve hunger.
  • Ontario - AgBuyersGuide (Farms.com/AgBuyersGuide)
    List of agriculture and farming products and services in Ontario.



Job Search Websites

Find a job by exploring the following job banks and job search websites:




USA & Global

Placement Agencies

Social Network, Communities & Conferences

  • Farms.com - The community website for Ontario Agriculture.

Associations & Groups

Please note that CaPS and McGill do not endorse any particular websites/services; the listing is for your information only.

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