To Eat or Not to Eat: 6 Jobs in Canada's Food Industry

March 31, 2021


  • Nicky Van Zyl

To eat or not to eat? If you ask Canadians the answer will always be: let’s eat! For this very reason, you simply can’t go wrong pursuing a career and job opportunities in Canada’s booming food industry. From grain to bread to the burger served at your favorite restaurant - there are various sectors in the food industry that employ thousands of Canadians, permanent residents, and newcomers to Canada.    We used recent data from the Government to narrow down the top 6 jobs in Canada’s food industry by comparing job prospects and demand throughout the country. It turns out that the results favor workers with intermediate skills and those with specific trade skills.  Discover which jobs to pursue, where to work in Canada, and how much you could earn in the big, and versatile food industry!

6 Top Jobs in Canada's Food Industry

1. Food and Beverage Server

Waiter serving a group of girls Where to find the most jobs in Canada: Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, and Nunavut  Average salary in CAD: $27, 300 Visa/Immigration Options: Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Saskatchewan Experience Category, and Working Holiday Visa Food and beverage servers are considered to be tourism-related occupations. For this reason, servers in Canada are readily employed in the tourist hot spots across the country such as Toronto, Vancouver, Whistler, Halifax, and now even in Iqaluit with the opening of two new hotels. Servers in Canada earn a basic salary and enjoy tips of approximately 15-20% on the total bill.      Read more: How to work in Canada as a Server

2. Cooks & Chefs

Sushi chef making sushi Where to find the most jobs in Canada: Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and the Yukon Territory  Average salary in CAD: Cooks: $31, 200 Chefs: $42, 664  Visa/Immigration Options: Express Entry Immigration  Canada’s population is made up of 250 different ethnic groups which make for a unique and highly diversified culinary experience. Cuisines from China, India, South Africa, and Mexico among others are expertly prepared at ethnic restaurants and food trucks across the country. Many cooks and chefs in Canada have foreign ties, bringing their local flavors to the Great North. In most cases, foreign workers must have a culinary diploma or hospitality management education and English language proficiency to work in Canada. 

3. Food Service Supervisor 

Female restaurant manager speaking to chef Where to find the most jobs in Canada: Nova Scotia and British Columbia Average salary in CAD: $30, 225 Visa/Immigration Options: Express Entry Immigration and Alberta Opportunity Stream  The majority of immigrants in Canada (35%) work in accommodation and food services. Every restaurant and food establishment in Canada needs someone to check the quality of the food, deal with customer complaints, and order stock - that’s where food service supervisors come in. One of the most common and easily accessible benefits for this occupation is the employee discount. Most restaurants offer supervisors and managers free meals while they are on duty. Who doesn’t want to dine like a king every day? 

4. Butcher (Retail and Industrial)

Butcher cutting meat Where to find the most jobs in Canada: Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba   Average salary in CAD: $34, 212 Visa/Immigration Options: Express Entry Immigration, Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the Employer Job Offer - In-Demand Skills Stream Jobs in Canada for butchers and meat cutters are increasing as fewer Canadians show interest in this particular trade profession due to the nature of the job and the increased popularity of veganism. In fact, butchers are so highly sought after throughout the country that the Government has made it even easier for employers to hire butchers from overseas by removing the tedious LMIA - a requirement when applying for a work permit.  Read more: How to work in Canada as a Butcher

5. Food Processing Worker

workers in food processing production line in a factory Where to find the most jobs in Canada: Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan   Average salary in CAD: $29, 250 Visa/Immigration Options: British Columbia Semi-Skilled Category and Atlantic Immigration Pilot Food processing is another job in Canada’s food industry that employs thousands of people across the country. More than that, the food processing industry is the second largest in Canada. Food processing workers may produce food items such as cheese and candy from raw materials and are responsible for the majority of food items available in Canada - an essential service. The good news is that you don’t need any particular qualifications to start as a food processing worker. 

6. Farm Worker

Farm worker feeding cows Where to find the most jobs in Canada: Prince Edward Island and Ontario Average salary in CAD: $27, 300 Visa/Immigration Options: The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot and Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream (Ontario)   Ontario has the greatest number of farms in the country with just over 25.0% of all Canadian farms. The province is a key producer of crop and livestock products. This creates an ongoing demand for farmworkers from overseas, especially in peak farming periods, as crops have to be processed within a short time to avoid losses. On the other hand, Prince Edward Island is Canada’s biggest producer of potatoes due to its red, iron-rich soil. The maritime province readily hires seasonal foreign workers to ensure there is never a shortage of delicious Canadian Poutine to go around, eh. 

How to Work in Canada’s Food Industry

Canadian poutine The most obvious way to work in Canada is by securing a job and applying for a work permit. However, for the purpose of this article, we want to dive into the options of working in Canada indefinitely as a permanent resident. We briefly discuss three of the most popular immigration pathways in Canada below:

1. Express Entry Immigration 

You may have heard of the Express Entry system. It’s Canada’s main immigration channel that fast tracks skilled worker applications from around the world. The entire process works on a points-based system that ranks candidates based on the competitiveness of their online profiles and sends the highest-ranking candidates Invitations to Apply (ITA). Points are awarded for the following criteria:
  • Age
  • Years of work experience
  • Level of education
  • Language proficiency
  • Provincial nomination achieved
  • Ties to Canada
  • Spouse’s credentials
 Canada plans on welcoming 91, 950 foreign nationals through the Express Entry system in 2021.
Express Entry
Who can apply? Where must you settle in Canada? Application processing times Is a job offer required?
Skilled workers, i.e professionals, managers, and trade workers. Anywhere, unless the applicant is a provincial nominee. 6-months No

2. Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Semi-skilled and intermediate skilled foreign workers may not be able to apply for immigration to Canada via Express Entry but they do have an equally exciting option namely the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The immigration pilot is designed to help employers in Canada’s maritime provinces recruit and retain skilled workers from overseas by filling labor shortages in their respective regions.  Most jobs in Canada’s food industry can be found in the smaller and tranquil maritime regions. This is because the majority of Canada’s population is huddled in its three biggest cities; Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Who can apply? Where must you settle in Canada? Application processing times Is a job offer required?
Skilled and intermediate skilled workers Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island 6-months Yes, from a designated employer in one of the participating provinces.

3. The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot 

The pilot is industry-specific, aimed at attracting non-seasonal farm and livestock workers who have the intention of settling in Canada. The program requires applicants to have at least 1-year of non-seasonal work experience in Canada and a full-time job offer from an employer within an eligible industry before they apply for permanent residency. Find out more below.  
Eligible Jobs Under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
Industry Occupation
Meat product manufacturing industry Retail butchers
Industrial butchers
Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
Food processing laborers
Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production industries Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
General farmworkers
Harvesting laborers
Animal production industry Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
General farmworkers

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