Food, health and consumer products manufacturing directly employs more than 350,000 Canadians- that's nearly 17 percent of all manufacturing jobs, more than auto and aerospace combined.
Our sector operates in every province, providing good paying jobs that are the backbone of our communities and adding more than $39.9 billion to the economy every year.
FHCP members are the largest source of manufacturing jobs in Canada.
We are the backbone of Canadian manufacturing. Period.
Food, health and consumer products manufacturing directly employs more than 350,000 Canadians - that's nearly 17 percent of all manufacturing jobs, more than auto and aerospace workers combined. We are the largest manufacturing sector in most provinces and the top employer in rural Canada, with 11,440 establishments across every province.
The consumer product manufacturing sector provides good paying jobs in everything from manufacturing to marketing to science and technology, paying nearly $10.8 billion in wages annually.
FHCP members provide Canada's farmers a reliance and lucrative market. We buy 40% of Canada's agricultural output and transform it into "Made in Canada" food eaten here at home and exported overseas.
Our members purchase 40% of what Canadians farmers grow and turn it into 70% of the food on store shelves. We give farmers a reliable and convenient market for their harvest, bringing Canadian-made food to dinner tables across Canada and around the world. Canadians represent just 0.5 percent of the global population but produce 1.5 percent of the food in the world.
As the largest employer in rural Canada, our members play a vital role in connecting rural and remote Canadians through economic opportunity.
The healthcare products we make not only empower Canadians to better care for themselves, they help sustain a stronger healthcare system for all of Canada. Non-prescription medications and treatment options help Canadians improve their own health, reduce the burden of chronic illnesses, decrease healthcare costs, improve workforce productivity, and free up health professionals to focus their time where it is most needed.
We create the products that empower Canadians to better care for themselves, resulting in a stronger healthcare system for all of Canada. Improving access to over-the-counter treatment options lets Canadians address minor ailments at home and save the doctor for the serious stuff. We shouldn’t keep products behind the counter, when over-the-counter medicines and products are safe and help Canadians feel better faster without driving minor issues to weigh down doctors and hospitals. If 2% of patients who describe their cold symptoms as mild implemented self-care at home, 500,000 more Canadians would have access to a doctor.