LMI Research & Data Collection
Canada’s meat and Atlantic seafood processors have made numerous attempts to address their labour market challenges with limited success. Given the processing industry’s current and growing labour challenges, FPSC’s LMI initiative is taking a fresh, new and in-depth approach to understanding the issues and proposing solutions.
This initiative will benefit a number of stakeholders
- Canada’s meat and Atlantic Canada’s seafood sectors in understanding workforce challenges and proposing short, mid and long-term solutions.
- Indigenous and First Nations communities in determining employment potential and issues to be addressed.
- International workers, new Canadians and local communities in determining employment potential and issues to be addressed.
- Federal and provincial governments in identifying current policy and program barriers and recommending new and improved supportive strategies.
- Canadian communities in leveraging new job creation, business development opportunities and the related positive impacts to the local economy.
A comprehensive four- theme approach will frame the study.
A comprehensive four- theme approach will frame the study
Labour Force Profiles
Labour Source Analysis
- Labour availability within the local catchment recruiting areas of meat and Atlantic seafood plants (local labour for each plant, including rural and remote plants)
- Access to Indigenous People and First Nations communities within commuting proximity to plants
- International sources of labour
- Other sources of labour accessed by employers such as workers on employment insurance, younger workers and out-of-region workers
A specific focus will be directed to international workers within this theme given the reliance of meat and seafood processing businesses on access to international people. Additionally, past and current immigration policies have impacted the ability of employers to recruit, settle, train, employ and retain international workers within different immigrant streams i.e. temporary foreign workers and immigrant streams managed nationally and provincially. An in-depth analysis will be conducted to describe the advantages and disadvantages of government programs such as the temporary foreign worker program, employment and skills programs, and grants and provincial immigration programs. This analysis will also explore employer programs and government-funded programs offered by agencies and non-government organizations.