Expertise in food protection learning is what will give Canada a competitive edge in the global food market. Currently, businesses and government regulators largely developing their employee training programs independently. Although a variety of occupational standards and associated training programs have been established, they are not comprehensive and consistent across the food system. This has led to duplication of effort and inconsistencies which increases costs.
Furthermore, while the education system produces graduates who have some of the food protection competencies needed by industry and government, a more integrated learning system would provide a clearer career path and align skills with labour market needs.
The ideal end state is a food system in Canada with individuals trained to consistent standards, with the same understanding and performance expectations.