Labour Market Information

Informing workforce solutions for Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing industry with the most current labour market research and analysis.

Labour Market Information

As the appointed skills council for Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing industry, Food Processing Skills Canada commissions leading edge labour market research to accurately understand key aspects of the workforce.

  • National data identifying current employment numbers and future skills forecasts.
  • Specific sector-based analysis for growth potential and labour needs.
  • Regional evaluations to better understand urban-rural barriers and opportunities for businesses.
  • Individual industry and career perceptions including generational differences and underrepresented demographics.
  • Compensation levels both current forecasted.

Canada's Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry

The food and beverage manufacturing industry is a key economic driver to the Canadian economy and the leading manufacturing sector employer.

  • 280,000+ Canadians employed
  • Exports to over 190 countries
  • Accounts for almost 1 in 5 of all manufacturing jobs, making it Canada’s largest manufacturing sector
  • Achieved $117.8 billion in sales of manufactured goods in 2019
  • Approximately 70 per cent of goods sold to Canadians through grocery stores and restaurants
  • 7,800 food and beverage processing establishments, with employees, exist in Canada with the majority considered small to medium-sized (less than 100 employed)
  • Made up of 11 sub-sectors, with meat product processing being the largest
  • Integral to Canada’s food supply chain from farm to grocery retail and foodservice

The data has confirmed for industry that labour is the number one priority impacting resilience and growth, especially during the challenges of the Covid-19 global pandemic. Latest national research has estimated an employment gap of up 56,000 people by 2025. This forecast has been calculated based on industry growth targets for domestic and export production set by the federal government’s Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table in 2019.

The analysis has also determined that based on the industry’s current growth trajectory a significant gap of 32,000 individuals exists. Both forecasts clearly present the seriousness of the industry’s workforce situation and impacts to Canada’s food security. Add to this, significant labour market tightness in regions and within manufacturing sectors across the country, and employers are facing an untenable situation that must be solved with a comprehensive industry- led strategy.

As the country’s number one manufacturing sector employer, job vacancies will impede business expansion and constrain international market development. Labour market information is an essential tool to understanding the current workforce and the forecasted gaps on a pan-Canadian, provincial and regional basis. With meaningful labour data, specific solutions can be identified and implemented so that businesses, employers and job seekers can reach their potential.

It is well understood that as the nation’s number one manufacturing sector employer providing 280,000+ jobs, forecasted vacancies will impede production domestically and constrain international market development. It is labour market analysis that is essential to understanding the specifics of workforce challenges and designing the right programs, policies and strategies to overcome them.
How Labour Market Information Guides Workforce Solutions

  • New talent attraction and retention initiatives are designed to profile the variety of career opportunities and to address the loss of workforce due to retirement over the next 10 years.
  • New training, upskilling and skilled trade initiatives are developed to support industry modernization and expansion.
  • New programs established in partnership with stakeholders engage Canadians, New Canadians, Indigenous People and underrepresented groups for careers in the industry.
  • New policies benefit from latest data to support temporary foreign workers and employer connections.
  • New HR strategies are created to recruit and retain the right people for employment.