Many Canadians are Linked to Foodservice


TORONTO — Ask a Canadian what their first job was and 22 per cent will say they worked at a restaurant, according to a recent Ipsos survey of more than 1,000 Canadian adults.

The survey, which was sponsored by Kraft Foodservice (Canada), determined the top five industries that provide first-job experience. The list is as follows: restaurants (22 per cent), retail (16 per cent), manufacturing (11 per cent), delivering newspapers (eight per cent) and agriculture (six per cent).

The poll also found that the majority of respondents agree that restaurant jobs teach transferable job skills and three in four believe such a job helps our youth to develop crucial skills.

“This is the first study of its kind in Canada, providing us with a fascinating glimpse into how the restaurant industry is perceived by Canadians,” says Garth Whyte, president and CEO of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association.  “It is important for policymakers to understand that Canadians have a strong connection to the restaurant industry and value its contribution to jobs and the economy, and first-time jobs in particular.”

To read the study in its entirety, click here.


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