Ontario’s food and beverage processing industry is the largest manufacturing sector employer in the province.

Yes, that’s right.

This industry which is made up of about 4,000 business, mostly small to medium-sized operations with less than 100 employees, directly employs 125,000 people.

The people of these businesses are food scientists, skilled trades professionals, bakers, cheese makers, quality assurance specialists and production leads just to name a few.

Food and beverage processing is a vital and essential industry that has proven its resilience and commitment during the Covid-19 global pandemic — after all everyone needs to eat and it is something we enjoy together with our families and as a community.

However, this industry also has a challenge.
By 2025, it is estimated that there will be an employment gap of about 25,000 people. That’s a lot of jobs demanding a variety of skill sets available to Ontarians and newcomers to Canada.

To connect with jobseekers and youth planning for their future careers, Food and Beverage Ontario has launched CareersNOW!

This new initiative shares information on the industry and employment resources with Taste Your Future and Frontline Food Facts. And when it is time for jobseekers to explore career options and employers to post jobs we have launched CareersNOW! Jobseeker and CareersNOW! Employer.

The best way to get involved is to join our community!

CareersNOW! Employer

CareersNOW! Jobseeker

Meet the CareersNOW! Advisory Council

Learn more about career mentorship

New 'job ready' skills training

Engaging the next generation of leaders with Taste Your Future

We know there is an incredible variety of skilled jobs in the industry for young talent to develop a career, but do they know? Taste Your Future is raising the profile of the industry and connecting with post-secondary students to participate in mentorship workshops, employment resources and networking opportunities.

Reaching jobseekers with Frontline Food Facts

About 75% of the jobs in the food and beverage processing industry are in production. There is a huge demand for skilled trades professionals, production specialists, machine operators and everything to do with making, packing and distributing food. Frontline Food Facts is connecting with people that are considering a jobs in manufacturing or were displaced from another sector over the last couple years. 

Thank you to the leaders from industry, education, employment and industry non-profits and government for giving generously of their expertise to the CareersNOW! Advisory Council.

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