Monday Jan 16, 2023

Bringing the Labour Market Into Focus

Welcome to the Food and Beverage Processor Forum. A podcast tailor-made for Ontario's food and beverage processors.

In this episode, we're taking stock of the past few years in regard to the industry, labour challenges, and what Food and Beverage Ontario has been working on in 2022 to support Ontario's processors.

To help us contextualize this tectonic shift in the industry, we're joined by Kevin Elder, Project Manager, Labour Market Information with Food Processing Skills Canada.

In discussion with Kevin, we shed some light on the industry's labour gaps—specifically where these gaps lie in relation to the sector's workforce: front line, trades, and management. We also take a look at industry participation rates by demographics. Is the industry making concerted efforts to recruit underrepresented groups, and what role do temporary foreign workers play in the industry?

Kevin studied International Development at the University of Calgary and has lived and worked all over the globe. Kevin joined Food Processing Skills Canada in 2017 and has been leading the organization’s Labour Market Information insights since that time. At FPSC, he coordinates and analyzes the latest qualitative and quantitative information for all industry stakeholders. Kevin also represents FPSC and the industry on a variety of national and regional committees to ensure decision makers have access to the best available information.

To learn more about Food Processing Skills Canada and their work, visit


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. The organization's focus is on the success, prosperity and growth of the food and beverage processing sector - a $40 billion industry and a major contributor to the province's economy.

To learn more about Food and Beverage Ontario, visit

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