Labour Market Information (LMI) 


Food Processing Skills Canada (FPSC) is conducting comprehensive Labour Market Information (LMI) Studies on Dairy, Bakery and Other Food Processing in Canada. The study is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

FPSC knows Canada’s food & Beverage industry is facing many challenges, these studies will focus on labour shortages and the implications of these shortages in the context of recent trade deals. The studies will also take a comprehensive look at labour markets to provide information on the demand for and availability of workers for Dairy, Bakery and Other Food Processors.

This is the type of information that industry, governments, associations, and other stakeholders are looking for to make informed decisions around labour, policy enhancements and new programming to advance the competitiveness of the above-mentioned sectors.

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Activities – Site Visits

To truly understand the context of labour situation in different sectors our team of consultants will be interviewing entire communities (companies, employees, educational programs, immigration and employment centres, mayors, unions and more).

Dairy Processing site visits October 2019 – January 2020

Bakery Processing site visits October 2019 – January 2020

Other Food Processing site visits will occur to be determined in 2020.


In fall 2019 our survey will contact every dairy, bakery and other food processing facility across the country to collect specific data on recruitment, vacancies, wages, technology adoption, training, workforce demographics, regulatory issues and more. Our partner IPSOS will be conducting the survey by phone and online. There will be a report on each sector produced from the responses to the survey.


The findings of the Dairy study will be presented at an event in 2020. The events for Bakery and Other Foods will occur at a later date in 2020 or 2021.

Quote(s) from Industry (Industries)

“Through this study, industry and government stakeholders will be able to define the measures and tools required to support the efforts of Quebec and Canadian dairy manufacturers to acquire skilled labour. This innovative comprehensive study is needed, and the Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec is proud to be involved.”

Charles Langlois

President and General Manager, Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec (Quebec Dairy Council)

If you are interested in participating in any aspect of these studies or would like more information please contact Kevin Elder, Project Manager of LMI at

Experienced Leaders

FPSC has recently completed two comprehensive LMI studies, one on Meat and Poultry Processing and one on Atlantic Fish and Seafood Processing. The information from these studies has been used by Industry and governments for HR planning and management, including LMIA applications, and policy changes such as the Agri-food Immigration Pilot.

Reports from the previous LMI studies can be found here: LMI Reports

FPSC has successfully worked with employers, community based training programs, students, immigration agencies, educators, and governments on the development and implementation of National Occupational Standards (NOS), certifications, labour market studies, employment programs, training, and more to contribute to the better of Canada’s food and beverage processing industry.

About FPSC

Food Processing Skills Canada is the food and beverage manufacturing industry’s workforce development organization. As a member based non-profit, located in Ottawa with representatives across Canada, we support food and beverage manufacturing businesses from coast to coast in developing skilled and professional employees and workplace environments.

Our work directly and positively impacts industry talent attraction, workforce retention and employment culture. We care assisting the industry in finding, training, and retaining the very best people for the job. Through our partnerships with regional, provincial, and federal governments in Canada, FPSC has developed exceptional resources for the industry including the Food Skills Library, Canadian Food Processors Institute, FoodCert, and Labour Market Information Reports.

Beyond Canadian borders, our leadership in skills development has not gone unnoticed. We are building collaborations with international food and beverage stakeholders to deliver on specialized programs and resources.