Job outlook Labourer - Food And Beverage Processing in Canada

People working as a labourer - food and beverage processing have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These outlooks are applicable to all Labourers in food and beverage processing (NOC 9617).

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job outlook
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
Prince Edward Island Good
Nova Scotia Fair
New Brunswick Fair
Quebec Fair
Ontario Fair
Manitoba Fair
Saskatchewan Good
Alberta Fair
British Columbia Fair
Yukon Territory Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2017-2026 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2017-2026 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Employment in 2016
Median age of workers in 2016
Average retirement age in 2016

Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2017-2026) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2017-2026. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2014-2016 period, employment in this occupational group increased at a similar pace than the average for all occupations. The unemployment rate declined slightly, but remained significantly above the national average, standing at 16.9% in 2016. The average hourly wage for this occupational group has declined over the period in question. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2014-2016 period.

For Labourers in food and beverage processing & Labourers in fish and seafood processing, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 16,600, while 16,900 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2017-2026 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. Less than 10% of job openings are expected to come from economic growth over the projection period. Employment growth in this occupational group is expected to increase at a much slower pace than the average for all occupations. The limited forecast for the food and beverage products industry is two-fold. On the first hand, the export-oriented segment of the food and beverage products industry is expected to benefit from stronger foreign demand, the weaker Canadian dollar, the growing middle class in China and India and the implementation of new free trade agreements in Europe and South Korea. However, the outlook for the domestic segment of the food and beverage products industry is relatively weak. The relatively weak Canadian dollar will increase the material costs for companies using imported inputs (such as fruits and vegetables) for domestic production. These manufacturers will see their costs rise at a greater rate and they may have a hard time passing price increases to Canadian consumers who have become increasingly sensitive to food prices. In addition, the increased automation of factories and technological advancements will limit employment growth. Most of the job openings will then result from retirements. The retirement rate is expected to be similar to the average for all occupations. In terms of labour supply, job seekers will come from both the school system and immigration. New immigrants are expected to represent a much larger proportion of job seekers in this group than the average for all occupations, as a large part of them can satisfy the occupational requirements. This occupational group is one of the most popular among new immigrants entering the Canadian labour market. Over the coming years, a very large number of workers are expected to leave this group to work in other occupations.

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