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Canada Adds Cannabis to Bio Sector

A government initiative to grow green jobs predicts the legalization of cannabis will increase demand for people with agricultural knowledge of the crop.

In this Sept. 25, 2018, photo, marijuana plants are shown growing in a massive tomato greenhouse being renovated to grow pot in Delta, British Columbia.
In this Sept. 25, 2018, photo, marijuana plants are shown growing in a massive tomato greenhouse being renovated to grow pot in Delta, British Columbia.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

A Canadian government initiative designed to foster growth in “green” jobs added the cannabis industry to the sector after it became legal in the country last year.

BioTalent Canada said in a recent labor market report that the group created a new cannabis sub-sector under its definition of the nation’s bio-economy. The group administers numerous wage-subsidy programs designed to help new graduates secure jobs in those industries.

The report anticipated that Canada would see a sharp increase in demand for people with skills to cultivate the country’s new cannabis crop.

“These existing and growing sub-sectors represent the future, not only for the planet, but for bio-economy talent, and Canada must be prepared to embrace the future of innovation, prosperity and conscientious investment,” BioTalent Canada President and CEO Rob Henderson said in a statement.

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