Canada‘s Agenda To Increase Red Meat Exports

Canada’s red meat industry is well-known for its high-quality and safe meat products. In an effort to stimulate this vital sector, the government is investing C$543,271 in the meat processing sector to increase red meat exports. 

This will stimulate the economy and boost opportunities for meat processing professionals.  

But what does it mean for you? 

Let’s explore. 

Meat processing is one of Canada’s largest single manufacturing industries and is the largest employer in food and beverage manufacturing. Canada is already one of the world's biggest beef producers, and an increase in funding means more growth for the meat processing industry and the Canadian economy. 

It really is a win-win. Let’s look at the stats to explore why this funding truly matters. 

Funding Will Boost Red Meat Exports Globally 

Identifying new markets for red meat exports is key to Canada’s economic growth and the profitability of Canada's agri-food industry. The Canadian Meat Council will leverage the funds invested in building relationships with other international markets to diversify trade. 

Why is the Canadian government injecting cash into red meat exports?

  1. Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing industry is the second-largest sector in Canada, accounting for 25% of manufacturing. Meat, beef and poultry are the top categories
  2. Canada's red meat industry is an important part of the Canadian economy, with exports worth more than C$9.4 billion in 2021
  3. Canada's red meat industry is worth C$38.5bn as of 2023
  4. Strong demand for Canadian red meat products will stimulate the economy and open up more meat processing plant jobs.
  5. Canada’s red meat export mainly relies on the US; diversifying trade agreements will ensure the market's sustainability


This funding will no doubt create more senior meat processing jobs. According to the survey Food Processing Skills Canada, over half of Canada’s meat manufacturers experienced hiring challenges, with an average vacancy rate of 12.4%! 

That's 7,300 open positions open for the taking! 

Plus, as meat processors continue to upgrade their technologies and more manual tasks get automated, higher-skilled positions will be required for meat processing jobs. 

This means that individuals with specialised skill sets, such as data scientists, software developers and/or engineers, will become increasingly sought after within this industry as companies scramble to stay competitive in this ever-evolving market.

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The Impact On Meat Processing Plant Jobs

The Canadian government’s recent investment into AgriMarketing is sure to beef up the meat processing industry and subsequently increase the amount of meat processing jobs. You’re likely to see more jobs listed on Canadian job boards with openings for senior quality assurance managers, food safety technicians, production supervisors and engineers in high demand. 

Canada's red meat industry has a reputation for safety and great quality, making it perfectly positioned to expand its export market by tapping into Asia's growing demand for red meat products. 

But its growth rests on hiring the right candidates. Think you have what it takes? 

If you are looking for a new opportunity in the meat processing industry, the time is now. And that’s where QTalent comes in. 

QTalent is Canada’s top talent discovery platform for highly-skilled technical operations professionals in food and beverage manufacturing to get discovered by leading consumer brands and land their prime job. 

QTalent will get you the A-Grade position you are looking for with its sophisticated technology that provides geo-mapping job search, robust company profiles and the ability to load your profile once and apply to multiple jobs. 

Romy Zwiers


Romy Zwiers is a journalist and marketing professional with 16 years of experience working across industries with a keen focus on the beverage and food industry, having worked with companies like KFC, Nandos, Cadbury and Coca-Cola.

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