Advocating for
food and beverage
manufacturing businesses
located in urban and rural
communities across Canada.

Michael Burrows, Co-Chair, FBC-ABC & CEO, Maple Lodge Farms

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Why action is needed now on the labour crisis impacting Canada’s food sector!

FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING EMERGENCY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM The Problem Food and beverage is Canada’s largest manufacturing employer, with almost 300,000 workers. The industry is facing a debilitating workforce crisis, with companies across the country reporting vacancies of 20% and more. Food and beverage manufacturing was already experiencing labour challenges prior to COVID-19, but the …

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Canada must act now to address the labour shortage and protect the food supply

Ottawa, December 16, 2021 – Today, the federal government has shown it has heard the pleas of the food and beverage manufacturing industry and understands the urgency of the debilitating workforce crisis crippling businesses across Canada. The mandate letters issued to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and …

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Canada’s food and beverage manufacturers call for action to address labour shortages in today’s Fall Economic Statement

Ottawa, December 14, 2021 – Canada’s leading food and beverage manufacturing associations are calling on the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, to announce measures to address the debilitating workforce crisis being faced by food and beverage manufacturers across the country. Food and Beverage Canada, Le Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ), …

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Emergency Foreign Worker Program

TIMEFRAME An Emergency Foreign Worker Program should be implemented by January 31, 2022, at the latest, to ensure measures are in place to support the 2022 growing and processing year. These emergency measures should remain in place for 18 months, through to summer 2023, during which time more permanent and long-term solutions to industry’s labour …

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Food and Beverage Canada calls on the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers for Agriculture to establish an FPT Labour Task Force

November 9, 2021 – Ottawa: Food and Beverage Canada is calling on the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture to establish an FPT Labour Task Force to address the severe labour shortages facing Canada’s food and beverage processing sector. “Canada’s food system is the foundation of this country’s national food sovereignty. Our food system contributes to …

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National Workforce Strategy for Agriculture and Food & Beverage Manufacturing

October 13, 2021 (OTTAWA) – Food and Beverage Canada – Aliments et boissons Canada (FBC-ABC) is proud to partner with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) on the development of a National Workforce Strategy for Agriculture and Food & Beverage Manufacturing. Launched today with funding from the …

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New platform launched to support Canada’s agri-food industry

Canada’s leading food and beverage processing associations come together to invest in national food supply chain platform Ottawa, Ontario – August 10, 2021 – Today, members of a national food industry consortium celebrate the launch of the Food Convergence Innovation (FCI) Canada – Food and Beverage Supply Chain Project (FCI-Canada Project), a national, sector-wide platform …

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Food and Beverage Canada urges the Federal Government to develop a contingency plan to protect Canada’s critical infrastructure

August 5, 2021 – Ottawa: Food and Beverage Canada (FBC-ABC) is aware that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers are set to begin job action starting Friday, August 6. Strike activity is expected take place at all Canadian airports, land borders, commercial shipping ports, postal facilities, and headquarters. Recognizing the potential impact on Canada’s supply …

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Food and Beverage Canada welcomes commitment from the FPT Ministers of Agriculture to a Canadian Food Industry Code of Practice

July 16, 2021 – Ottawa: Food and Beverage Canada (FBC-ABC) echoes the Canadian Food Industry Alliance in welcoming yesterday’s announcement by Canada’s Federal, Provincial, and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture to support an industry-developed code of practice for Canada’s food industry. Inspired by the FPT Ministers’ November 2020 request for industry collaboration and leadership in …

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FBC-ABC welcomes the House Citizenship and Immigration Committee’s report on Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

On June 22, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration released a report entitled “Immigration Programs to Meet Labour Market Needs”. The report was a result of a months long study of Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. FBC-ABC CEO Kathleen Sullivan, alongside a number of FBC’s Members, …

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