Food and Beverage Ontario has launched CareersNOW!, a province-wide program that is designed to rapidly fill immediate job vacancies in the food and beverage processing sector and attract talent for the future.
CareersNOW! will optimize Food and Beverage Ontario’s initiative Taste Your Future to profile careers and will also expand Frontline Food Facts to provide essential skills training and new opportunities for employment. The program will also prioritize delivering targeted employer resources.
The organization notes that “now more than ever, we all understand how important Ontario’s food and beverage sector is to our health and wellbeing.”
“As demand for local food continues to grow, so does the availability of rewarding and diverse jobs in the food and beverage processing industry,” adds FBO.
CareersNOW! was developed with project partners – Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada, FoodGrads, Food Processing Skills Canada, Magnet, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Meat & Poultry Ontario, University of Guelph, and Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium.
Ontario has more than 4,000 food processing operations, which makes the industry the province’s largest manufacturing sector employer.
However, labour market analysis by Food Processing Skills Canada has shown that the industry across Canada will have an employment gap of up to 54,000 people by 2025. Poor industry perceptions, language barriers, limited outreach to underrepresented demographics, and a skills mismatch have all been factors in recruiting people.
“Workers in the food and beverage sector are heroes that have been working tirelessly to keep shelves stocked for hard-working families. This new program will encourage more people to join these rewarding careers, making them and their communities more stronger than ever,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
“People have recognized that food and beverage processing is an essential and resilient sector. Food and Beverage Ontario is leveraging this heightened level of awareness by supporting businesses with employment resources that can be activated quickly through technology solutions proven in other sectors,” said Chris Conway, Food and Beverage Ontario.
Food and Beverage Ontario is the provincial professional leadership organization of choice in Ontario for members of the food and beverage processing community – a community that contributes over $42 billion annually and is the number one manufacturing employer in Ontario. CareersNOW! is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.