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Supporting jobs in Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector


CareersNOW! announces additional funding of $1,406,900 from the provincial government. CareersNOW! was designed by Food and Beverage Ontario to connect job seekers and students with employers in Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector. Engaging with new individuals to join Ontario’s food and beverage manufacturing industry’s workforce is the top priority for Food and Beverage Ontario.

“People employed by Ontario’s 4,000 processor businesses are at the centre of this incredible sector that purchases over 60 per cent of Ontario farm products, is the number one manufacturing sector employer, and prepares food and beverage for grocery retail and food service in Canada and across the globe,” said Chris Conway, CEO, Food and Beverage Ontario. “We thank the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development for valuing this industry and the potential for workforce growth, as much as we do.”

CareersNOW! is showcasing the industry and career opportunities with job seekers and students, in addition to delivering on activities that make introductions and facilitate successful connections between job seekers looking for immediate employment and students planning their professional future:

  • Job Ready Skills Training in partnership with Food Processing Skills Canada is providing 14 e-courses in essential skills training and social-emotional learning for job seekers and new hires to ensure a successful career start.
  • Virtual Job Fairs are creating the ideal space for job seekers and employers to meet online and discuss immediate and future job openings.
  • CareersNOW! Employer platform is making it easy for businesses to post jobs and hire college and university students for wage subsidized work terms.
  • CareersNOW! Jobseeker is streamlining access to Ontario food and beverage processing jobs and new networking opportunities.
  • Mentorship Sessions are introducing students and jobseekers to industry professionals for sharing of career advice and discussions on the variety of career pathways.
  • Career coaching for job seekers and HR training for small to medium-sized Ontario businesses is supporting successful new employment and a positive workplace culture.
  • A new partnership with the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association will facilitate introductions between Indigenous youth and industry career opportunities.
  • Collaboration with Meat & Poultry Ontario will target workforce strategies in this subsector where the biggest employment gap is occurring.

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