Close-up on the bio-economy: National report

Canada’s bio-economy is likely to require 65,000 additional workers by 2029. Companies will be challenged to fill positions due to a highly competitive labour market, relatively low awareness of bio-economy careers and, in many cases, an ongoing lack of HR capacity or capital to attract and retain candidates. Bio-manufacturing capacity will be a particularly urgent area of need, both in the bio-health sub-sector and more broadly.


  1. Create anchor companies to help develop a stronger ecosystem of bio-economy companies and talent
  2. Support work-integrated learning by incorporating it into more programs
  3. Diversify recruitment and human resources practices to reach a broader and more diverse talent pool
  4. Create a wage subsidy program for immigrants to reduce the perceived risk of hiring immigrants.
  5. Create pathways for international students and IEPs to integrate international talent into the labour market
  6. Support reskilling initiatives to expand the talent pool beyond traditional fields of education and work experience
  7. Foster bio-economy mobility to expand the talent pools for companies not located near educational hubs
  8. Strengthen human resource offerings to compete for talent more effectively against other sectors
  9. Improve succession planning to reduce the need to hire externally
  10. Raise awareness of bio-economy career opportunities to increase the talent supply

Building on Sequencing the Data, the last national full LMI study conducted in 2013 , this new national study gives a much-needed update on the complex, multi-dimensional bio-economy, the companies within it, and the skills and talent they require. Its insights are based on surveys, stakeholder roundtables and interviews, an environmental scan and extensive data analysis.
The Close-up on the bio-economy LMI series is published as part of BioTalent Canada’s mission to provide bio-economy stakeholders with valuable, evidence-based labour market intelligence and job-ready human resources.

It also includes:

  • A Demand and Supply Outlook
  • Regional spotlights (Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, Western Canada)
  • Metro hub spotlights (Greater Montreal, Greater Toronto Area, Metro Vancouver)
  • Research briefs on topics such as bio-economy education and work-integrated learning

Visit to download these and other LMI reports, briefs and articles.