Canada | Government Support to Train Workers

The Ontario government will spend almost $1 million to train over 600 people for careers in food and beverage processing.

This funding to not-for-profit, leadership organisation, Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO) will provide job seekers with training, mentorship, and job placements with local employers in baking, food science, and food production and processing.

Workers in food processing, transportation and warehousing, where job postings have nearly doubled over the past year and a fifth of the workforce is preparing to retire, can earn upwards of $25 an hour. Food and Beverage Ontario’s CareersNOW! program will help address this labour shortage by delivering:

  • Free online training and coaching on topics such as workplace safety, employee-employer relations, and safe food handling, to prepare people for jobs in food and beverage manufacturing.
  • A regional pilot program with the City of Brampton to assess challenges and opportunities in connecting local job seekers with employers, focusing on underrepresented groups in the industry, including women and people of colour.
  • A virtual career mentorship series delivered in partnership with Ontario colleges and universities that provides students with opportunities to connect with professionals in the industry and explore education and career pathways.
  • Online job fairs to connect job seekers with open positions.

“Ontario’s food and beverage workers have kept shelves stocked and our province running throughout the pandemic,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.