Food companies push for more temporary foreign workers as chronic labour shortage worsens

According to; Labour advocates blame job vacancies in the sector on poor conditions and wages.

Wages are “something we need to look at,” Sullivan said, but added that further study may find wages are competitive. The average hourly wage for vacant positions in food manufacturing was $18.70 in the third quarter, Statistics Canada reported. Overall average wages in the sector were $21.76 per hour as of 2018, according to Food Processing Skills Canada, a workforce development non-profit.

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