Health food workers’ jobs in Ontario hit ‘record low’

Health food service workers across Ontario are at a “record low” in number, a federal government report says.

In the latest of a series of federal government reports released Tuesday, the Department of Labour said the number of employees in Ontario at the beginning of the year was at 4,500, down from 5,500 in 2011.

The number of food service jobs has also fallen.

The government says the number in Ontario fell by almost 60 per cent from 1,800 in 2012 to just 1,000 in 2015.

The report also said the province’s overall food service workforce fell from 517,000 employees in 2013 to 515,000.

“This is not the way we wanted to be doing business,” said Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, who was in Victoria on Tuesday to tour a regional farm.

“There is a lot of opportunity out there for our industry to grow and thrive and for people to be able to have a good, quality meal at home and a decent wage.” “

The government’s Food Safety and Quality Commission has reported the number at restaurants and grocery stores fell more than 10 per cent since the last report in December, as restaurants have begun to close and grocery chains have cut back their staff. “

There is a lot of opportunity out there for our industry to grow and thrive and for people to be able to have a good, quality meal at home and a decent wage.”

The government’s Food Safety and Quality Commission has reported the number at restaurants and grocery stores fell more than 10 per cent since the last report in December, as restaurants have begun to close and grocery chains have cut back their staff.

The agency said it is also experiencing a slowdown in the growth of restaurants and retailers.