There is a crisis in Canada’s meat processing industry. The meat processing sector went from 1,700 to 10,000 empty butcher stations over the past few years.

Canada’s entire food and beverage manufacturing industry with nearly 300,000 workers has been facing an escalating labour crisis, with companies reporting vacancy rates of 20% and more. Vacancy rates of this magnitude pose a serious risk to Canada’s food supply as manufacturers are forced to limit production and/or stop producing some products altogether. 

CMC is working with the government to alleviate this issue.


African Swine Fever

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a disease that only impacts pigs. It is harmless to humans, but poses a significant risk to the pork industry and the Canadian economy.

Pork products are safe to eat and consumers can enjoy them with confidence. ASF does not pose any food safety concerns.

The pork industry, together with the Canadian government, has a comprehensive rapid response plan to contain and eradicate ASF if it occurs, including restrictions on transporting animals from affected areas, sanitization processes and careful surveillance.

CMC is working with other industry organizations on this important issue. For more information and links to resources visit