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Finding people for jobs in Brampton’s food and beverage processing industry

December 21, 2021

Food and Beverage Ontario and the City of Brampton have partnered to solve barriers to workforce development

Brampton, ON (December 21, 2021) – Food and Beverage Ontario has partnered with the City of Brampton to identify workforce barriers and find solutions to the growing labour crisis for food and beverage processors in the region. 

This new regional workforce pilot is part of Food and Beverage Ontario’s CareersNOW! initiative that is connecting jobseekers and students with employers in Ontario’s food and beverage processing industry. The province’s 4,000 plus food and beverage processor businesses are the number one manufacturing sector employer, but forecasts indicate a 25,000, or 20%, employment gap by 2025. As an essential sector manufacturing food and beverages for Canadians and people around the globe, the immediate and looming vacancy bubble is alarming.

“Brampton is home to more than 300 small to medium-sized and multinational food and beverage processors supporting 8,500 jobs, but we can continue to have challenges connecting employers with jobseekers,’ said Chris Conway, CEO, Food and Beverage Ontario.  “What we learn from this pilot will not only positively impact the workforce situation in the region, but will provide best practices and insights for other regions across the province.” 

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has been commissioned to conduct the analysis and publish a commissioned report in early 2022 which will be followed by a City of Brampton ‘Take Action’ roundtable. Research and employer/stakeholder interviews over the next four months will explore local barriers (i.e., daycare, public transportation) and opportunities (i.e., local skills training, employment and newcomer associations, infrastructure supports) impacting development of a successful regional employment pipeline to fill immediate vacancies and future skills gaps. 

Brampton is one of North America’s largest agri-food sectors employing over 8,500 people and the region has access to 4.3 million individuals in the labour market across the Greater Toronto Area. Brampton itself has a young and diverse workforce with 234 cultures speaking 115 languages. 

“Brampton’s food and beverage sector has played an instrumental role in keeping food on the shelves and Canadians fed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers in this sector are essential, and directly impact our community every day. We are proud to partner with Food and Beverage Ontario on this initiative, and together, will identify and work through barriers in the food and beverage processing industry to create new jobs, retain workers and benefit our national economy,” said Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton. 

The Food and Beverage Ontario – City of Brampton Regional Workforce Pilot is being guided by a committee of local experts and leaders. Follow this link to learn more about this project and the committee members. 

CareersNOW! is an Employment Ontario project funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

About Food and Beverage Ontario

Food and Beverage Ontario is a not-for-profit, leadership organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Ontario’s food and beverage processors. FBO’s focus is on the success, prosperity and growth of the food and beverage processing sector – a $40 billion industry and major contributor to the province’s economy. In April 2021, Food and Beverage Ontario launched CareersNOW! — an initiative that is connecting jobseekers and students with employers in Ontario’s food and beverage processing industry. To learn more about Food and Beverage Ontario visit the organization’s website. To learn more about CareersNOW! follow this link

About the City of Brampton

As one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, Brampton is home to more than 700,000 people and 75,000 businesses. People are at the heart of everything we do. We are energized by our diverse communities, we attract investment, and we are embarking on a journey to lead technological and environmental innovation. We partner for progress to build a healthy city that is safe, sustainable and successful. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Learn more at http://www.brampton.ca

About the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

For more than a century, the OCC has been the independent, non-partisan, indispensable partner of Ontario business. The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members.

Media Contact:

Isabel Dopta 

Communications Director, Food and Beverage Ontario idopta@foodandbeverageontario.ca 
519.993.1192

Media Contact: 
Megan Ball

Media Relations, City of Brampton

megan.ball@brampton.ca 

905.874.2143