Out in the high-tech, thriving greenhouses of Essex, Kent and Lambton counties, where produce is big business – more than a half billion dollars a year, a major chunk of the economy here – there are jobs planting, tending and harvesting crops. The pay isn’t great, and the work is demanding. But there are also skilled jobs and training and the chance to move up, says George Gilvesy, general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.
“We’re short of people for middle management, technical people to run computers,” Gilvesy said. “There are a lot of skilled opportunities. There are great opportunities here. These aren’t just jobs by default, if you can’t get work elsewhere you get this. We need a good workforce on a year-round basis. We depend on a good workforce. There’s capacity with the growth we have that if Canadians are going looking for work, they’re going to find .” Read More