About the Industry

Canada's food and beverage manufacturing industry is a powerhouse for our economy with 1 in 8 Canadians employed and over $110 billion to the national GDP.

About the Industry

The Canadian food and beverage manufacturing sector is the country’s number one manufacturing employer and a top contributor to the national economy.

In fact, 1 in 8 jobs in Canada are food and beverage dependent.

What's interesting is that from 2008 until 2018 manufacturing employment decreased by over 163,000 jobs. Over the same period food and beverage manufacturers actually increased employment by over 11,000 jobs. As an example, employment in wineries and distilleries has more than doubled in the last 20 years.

The general composition of people in the food and beverage manufacturing industry looks like this.

  • 31% immigrant (24% in the Canadian Economy)
  • 7% immigrants who arrived in the last 5 years (2011-2016) (3% in the Canadian Economy)
  • 55% without post-secondary education (37% in the Canadian Economy)
  • 13% youth (15-24) (14% in the Canadian Economy)
  • 20% close to retirement (55-64) (17% in the Canadian Economy)

There is tremendous opportunity for people and businesses to grow and prosper together in this industry. It is our job at FPSC to support the right education and career pathways so that employers and employees find the perfect fit.

In 2018, the federal government’s Economic Strategy Table – Agri-Food released a report identifying Canada’s agri-food sector as primed for long-term growth.

The report offered a compelling vision that by 2025, Canada will be one of the top five competitors in the agri-food sector. The report also established the following targets.

$140B in domestic sales by 2025, an increase from $110 billion in 2017.

$85B in exports by 2025, an increase from $64.6 billion in 2017.

FPSC supports the report’s aspirational targets and agrees with recommended actions to strengthen the Canadian agri-food sector.

  • An agile regulatory system that promotes the competiveness of the agri-food sector and moves at the speed of commerce.
  • Build a state-of-the-art transportation and IT network.
  • Develop and diversify Canada’s agri-food markets.
  • Invest in innovation and boost competitiveness through increased automation and digitization.
  • A diverse labour force with the right set of skills to help the sector achieve its maximum potential.

The last recommendation reflects the mandate of FPSC and the activities we lead to support food and beverage manufacturers across Canada, develop robust workforces and ensure rewarding places of employment.


Solving the 65,000 employee gap forecasted for 2025.