The Toronto region’s Food and Beverage sector employs more than 64,000 workers with annual wages totaling $3.2B. Sector businesses located within the city of Toronto account for more than 50 per cent of this workforce.
Distribution of Jobs in the Food & Beverage Sector
- Bakeries & Tortilla Manufacturing – 34.5%
- Other Food Manufacturing – 16.8%
- Meat Product Manufacturing – 14.6%
- Beverage Manufacturing – 13.5 Percent
- Sugar & Confectionery Product Manufacturing – 8.7%
- Fruit & Vegetable Preserving & Specialty Food – 6.1%
- Dairy Product Manufacturing – 4.4%
- Grain & Oilseed Milling – 1%
- Seafood Product Preparation & Packaging – 0.4%
- Animal Food Manufacturing – 0. 2%
[Sector data is derived from a number of sources including the Labour Force Survey, 2006 Census, 2011 National Household Survey, Canadian Business Counts, and the City of Toronto’s Employment Survey. The methodology used to identify clusters and their sizes is based on methodology used by the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity in their 2017 Cluster Study.]
Food & Beverage Companies in Toronto
[While not comprehensive, the above list provides a snapshot Toronto’s Food and Beverage sector and some of the companies located here.]
Key Sector Asset
- Ontario Food Terminal
Canada’s largest wholesale fruit and produce terminal, it ranks among the top four terminal markets in Canada and the United States by volume of produce distributed. The terminal plays a central role in the food industry and supports grocery stores, restaurants and caterers.
Sector-specific Education & Training Programs
- Food Innovation & Research Studio
George Brown College research facility that specializes in getting new food products into market and onto store shelves.
- Youth Into Food Processing Training Program
Toronto District School Board training and certification program that provides youth with the skills to start a career in the food processing sector by connecting participants to employers—building skills and meeting recruitment needs.
- Food & Beverage Growth Fund
Government of Ontario funding for strategic investments in the food and beverage processing and bioproduct sectors.
- Industrial Water Rate Program
Toronto Water program offering a discounted water rate to manufacturers in Toronto to help support economic growth and encourage water conservation.
City of Toronto Support for the Sector
- Buyers Missions
The City of Toronto facilitates missions from U.S. and international food retailers and food service buyers several times a year, with one-on-one meetings that allow Toronto-based companies to show their products to potential buyers.
Sector Research & Reports
Request for Proposal (RFP)
The City of Toronto has opened a Food Hall at 5210 Yonge St. to assist new and emerging food service businesses develop their concepts in order to move to a permanent location. With this RFP for the Food Incubator Tenancy Space at 5210 Yonge St., Toronto, the City is seeking a not-for-profit organization that is capable of:
- operating the front kitchen space and accompanying equipment;
- assisting the for-profit, small startup, food service businesses with answers to their questions;
- helping startups obtain new business skills, connecting them to mentors and generally helping to ensure that they are given all the tools required to succeed on their own.
Not-for-profit organizations involved in the food service sector with experience assisting entrepreneurial individuals working in food skills development for the food service sector, please reply to this RFP.
Request for Proposals for Selection of Not-for-Profit organization for Food Service Incubator
The RFP submission deadline has been extended to Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.