SOURCE: Food Processing Human Resources Council

FPHRC Pr-Arrival program

April 19, 2016 15:00 ET

Training New Canadians Before Arriving to Canada

OTTAWA,ON--(Marketwired - April 19, 2016) - The Food Processing Human Resources Council (FPHRC) would like to introduce the world's FIRST program developed to prepare Canadian newcomers for employment opportunities in Canada's food and beverage processing industry. The newly developed Pre-Arrival Food Safety Management Training (PAFSMT) Program will provide approved permanent residence or pre-arrival immigrants with employment and food safety related training in an innovative, engaging and self-paced online environment.

Canada is a country that encourages immigration, multiculturalism and equality. Food and beverage processing is the largest manufacturing industry in Canada in terms of value of production, and is an essential channel for Canadian agricultural products. It is a key economic sector, connecting producers to consumers and touching the lives of all Canadians, directly and indirectly. However, the industry struggles to find workers and this is a growing and pressing concern for Canadian farmers and processors. Over the next 3 years, Canada's food and beverage processing industry will need to hire a minimum of 23,000 workers.

"There is a labour shortage in Canada's food (and beverage) processing industry. As a growing food business it is a challenge for us to find and retain new workers. We are always looking to recruit qualified food safety personnel, entry level and skilled workers. We spend a lot of time advertising, recruiting and training workers. The industry needs a program like this, where new Canadians are coming trained and ready to work right away." Mike Timani, President, Fancy Pokket Corporation

For newcomers to Canada there are many barriers once they have been accepted to Canada. They have a difficult time finding work despite an overall Canadian government policy that encourages immigration. Canadian employers may not know how to assess their credentials, or may find their language and skills insufficient. 

"Immigrants are a substantial portion of the Canadian food and beverage processing workforce. The Council is in a unique position to provide food safety related training through this new program which will expedite the transition of new immigrants to exciting employment opportunities within the industry." Jennefer Griffith, Executive Director, Food Processing Human Resources Council

In partnership with Planning for Canada and Prepare for Canada the FPHRC is ready to address these issues. The PAFSMT Program is focussed on eligible pre-arrival clients. Successful clients who complete the program will leave their home country with 12 Canadian employment and food safety related certificates. An introduction to the sector will highlight the many employment benefits and promote the food manufacturing industry as a viable career choice. The pre-arrival online training will provide a seamless transition into the Canadian workforce, and direct pre-arrival clients to the many available employment opportunities across Canada's rural and urban areas.

Training will include;

  • Canadian Employability Skills for Food Manufacturers (5 courses)
  • Basic Food Safety Skills (9 courses)
  • Technical Food Safety Training (7 courses)

This means new immigrants will arrive with valuable skills creating a pool of possible workers for the food and beverage processing industry saving Canadian employers recruitment and training costs. This is a win-win situation for all involved! For more information about the Pre-Arrival Food Safety Management Program and recruitment opportunities please visit www.fphrc.com/careers-for-new-canadians/

About the Food Processing Human Resources Council (FPHRC)
The FPHRC is a non-profit organization that serves as the Human Resource (HR) voice for Canadian food processors. FPHRC monitors the industry's skills and learning needs, and is a leader in delivering training tools to support a safe and secure food supply and a viable food and beverage sector. For more information about the FPHRC go to www.fphrc.com

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Contact Information

  • Jennefer Griffith
    Executive Director
    200B-2249 Carling Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario K2B 7E9
    Phone: 613-237-7988
    Toll Free: 1-877-96FPHRC (963-7472)
    jgriffith@fphrc.ca