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Cannabis Is So Hot In Canada That Firms Are Importing Workers

The industry could create around 125,000 jobs in the first year

Canada’s licensed producers employed about 2,400 workers at the end of 2017, according to Statistics Canada, and BMO Capital Markets estimated that industry employment was around 3,500 people when legalization took effect in mid-October.

Between them, eight of Canada’s largest cannabis companies are now actively recruiting for approximately 1,700 positions, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Many companies say they expect that number to grow as they expand production facilities after Canada legalized recreational marijuana in October.

There’s been a spike in postings for jobs at cannabis growers and retailers. And next year will see even more demand for labor as Canada expands the number of legal cannabis products to include edibles and concentrates, said Alison McMahon, founder and CEO of Cannabis At Work, a recruitment and training site.

“We’re going to see a lot of R&D positions and a lot of science-based positions around extraction and formulations,” McMahon said, estimating that the industry could create around 125,000 jobs in the first year after legalization.

 

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