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Canada's Meat Industry


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Hundreds of jobs are in demand in Canada's meat industry!

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Canada's Meat Industry

  1. 1. Focus on Canada’s Meat Industry! 500+ current job vacancies
  2. 2. ANIMAL FOOD PRODUCTION SUGAR AND CONFECTIONARY FRUIT AND VEGETABLE DAIRY MEAT AND POULTRY FISH AND SEAFOOD BEVERAGES READY-TO-EAT AND OTHER Subsector Breakdown Sector Composition Definition of Meat Sector, NAICS Code 3116: This sector is comprised of establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing meat products, including beef, poultry, pork, lamb, venison, goat and rabbit. GRAIN AND OILSEED BAKERY AND TORTILLA There are 10 food processing sub-sectors recognized in Canada:
  3. 3. MEAT AND POULTRY Canada’s Meat Industry Sector Overview • Size: 13.5% of all food & beverage processing establishments in Canada (approx 900 facilities). • Location: Majority in Ontario, Quebec & Alberta • Employment: Approx 60,000 workers (24% of total industry’s workforce) • Annual Shipments: worth $21.4 billion (in 2008) • Processed Meat: approx 70% of processed meats in Canada are made out of pork (sausages, cold cuts, etc.) • Unionization: 30% (vs. industry average of 25%) A snapshot of the Meat Processing sector in Canada:
  4. 4. Ontario’s Meat Industry Sector Overview • Size: There are approximately 275 meat manufacturing establishments in Ontario alone (32% of total sector) • Immigrant & Aboriginal Workers: 48.4% of workers in Ontario are Immigrants or Aboriginal (0.6%). Much higher than the average of 33% for the meat industry as a whole. • Gender: Ontario has one of the most evenly weighted gender composition with 58.3% males and 41.7% females. • Age: 14% of workers are over 55, which is the 3rd highest age population next to PEI & BC. Another 74% of workers are between the ages of 25-54. Meat Manufacturing within Ontario:
  5. 5. Meat Industry Skills Challenges • Hiring and Retaining Workers (especially companies in rural locations) • Finding Skilled Butchers • Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program • No national benchmark of butcher skills to develop standardized industry training or to certify qualified workers • Meat Cutter (Retail) is considered to be at a higher skill level than an Industrial Butcher (Processing) – NOC Codes • Lack of New Canadians in non-metropolitan areas
  6. 6. Worker Shortages in the Meat Sector As of July 2014, there was a documented shortage of 644 workers within the facilities of 8 prominent meat manufacturers. The impact of worker shortages is being felt throughout the entire industry; upskilling the current workforce and hiring new-comers has never been more important for the viability of the meat sector. Establishment Total workers required Shortage Percentage Pork, AB 1,485 120 8% Pork, AB 344 5 1.5% Pork, MB 1,931 22 1% Beef, AB 2,515 116 7% Beef, AB 2,118 307 14.5% Pork, AB 129 15 12% Beef & Bison, AB 80 7 9% Pork, ON 707 52 7% TOTALS 9,309 644 7%
  7. 7. Compensation & Wages The average work week consists of 35.5 hours Meat facilities offer above average pay & full benefits (medical, dental, insurance, pension, etc.) Successful Career Pathways Opportunity to augment and learn Canada’s official languages Average Hourly Earnings Employees paid on an hourly basis Employees receiving salary $18.62 $30.68