Government funds workforce projects to support Canada's Grocers

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Employing over 3% of Canada's workforce, the
contribution of the country's grocery industry has been appropriately
recognized through the Government of Canada's investment of over $1.4 million
in funding to the Canadian Food Industry Council (CFIC) to support workforce
development in the food retail/wholesale sector.
    Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program, the CFIC
will build e-learning capacity for a 24-7 geographically dispersed workforce
and will enhance recruitment and retention of equity and under-represented
groups (Aboriginals, new Canadians, mature workers, women in management, and
persons with disabilities). Attracting these individuals will help the sector
prepare for the steady decline of its traditional 16-24 year old demographic,
which currently represents 42% of the food retail/wholesale workforce.
    "Making the grocery sector more attractive and accessible to
non-traditional labour pools, while providing an effective, accessible and
affordable e-learning platform for SMEs and larger operators, is central to
addressing skill shortages and providing consistency in training across the
country," says Cheryl Paradowski, Executive Director of the CFIC.

    Established in 2003, the Canadian Food Industry Council (CFIC) is a
nationally recognized, non-profit organization that brings together
representatives from business, labour, education, industry associations,
government and other professional groups to support a collective response to
the food retail/wholesale industry's human resource challenges.

For further information:

For further information: Michael Sloan, Communications Coordinator,
(416) 675-3115 Ext.24, 1-888-675-3115 Ext.24, Email:

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