Food and beverage is the largest manufacturing employer in Canada collectively employing almost 260,000 people, more than the automobile and aerospace industries combined. However, companies across Canada are challenged to attract and to retain the amount of labour they need with the skills they require.
The federal government has also recognized this problem and in 2018 released a report calling on the agriculture and food sectors to increase domestic sales to $140 billion and export sales to $85 billion by 2025 - a 30% increase over 2017 levels. To achieve those goals, the industry will need to have a strong labour force with the right skills.
Food and Beverage Canada’s labour strategy – People, Careers & Workforce Development identifies six key areas that must be addressed if the Canadian food and beverage processing industry is to meet its labour needs and its growth targets.