National & Regional

In 2022, Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing industry was made up of approximately 13,150 establishments contributing $35B to Canada’s GDP and directly employing nearly 300,000 people. In the same year, the value of Canadian food and beverage exports was estimated at $54.3B accounting for 7% of Canada’s total exports.

Sector Profiles

There are over 7,600 food and beverage processing businesses operating in the sector that employ at least one person and the vast majority of these establishments are small or medium-sized businesses, with roughly 91% of food and beverage processors in Canada having fewer than 100 paid employees.

Labor Market

While this concept applies to economic sectors in Canada it is particularly serious for food and beverage manufacturers — especially those located in semi-rural and rural regions of the country.

Canadian Education Data

The huge variety of occupations and career paths available in Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing industry is reflected in the educational landscape through colleges, universities, private trainers, and associations. In the fall of 2019, there were 490 industry-relevant programs of study provided by 160 institutions, offering the opportunity for a mix of theoretical instruction and practical application.

Fast Fact

The Government of Canada has announced that to make up for the shortfall in 2020 due to Covid-19, the country will welcome more than 1.2 million newcomers between 2021 and 2023, in addition to more than 400,000 new permanent residents every year from 2021 to 2023.


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Career Ladders

Learn about career ladders in the food and beverage processing industry.

Employer Programs

Employer programs for Canada’s food and beverage processing industry.

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