Thank you in advance for participating in this survey. The survey is being conducted by Meat and Poultry Ontario and Purpose Co (an independent agency) with the goal of understanding and improving workforce needs in the meat industry in Ontario.


Your responses are completely anonymous. All of the information that you provide will be treated as confidential. Your comments will not be identified as belonging to you, instead they will be combined with those gathered from other survey participants, and will be analyzed as part of a group.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your participation.

This survey is meant for employers and should only be completed by people with knowledge of the business' workforce needs and practices.

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* 1. Which of the following best describes your current role in your organization? (Please select all that apply)

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* 2. Please indicate the approximate number of workers (including yourself) at your operation/business in 2020.

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* 3. What are the first three digits of the postal code for the address where your business is located? (If you have more than one location, please separate multiple values with commas)

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* 4. Which of the following best describes your business activities? (Please select all that apply)

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* 5. Do you plan to increase the size of your business’s workforce over the next 12 months?

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* 6. How many employees do you plan to onboard in the next 12 months?

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* 7. What are the reasons you expect to hire over the next 12 months? (Please select all that apply)

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* 8. What level of impact do you expect the following applicant-related issues to have on your workplace over the next few years? (Please select N/A if an issue is not relevant to you)

  High impact Moderate impact Low impact N/A
Not enough applicants
Applicants not meeting motivation, attitude or interpersonal skills requirements
Applicants not meeting qualifications (education levels/credentials)
Applicants not meeting technical skills requirements
Applicants not meeting work experience requirements

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* 9. What level of impact do you expect the following community-related issues to have on your workplace over the next few years? (Please select N/A if an issue is not relevant to you)

  High impact Moderate impact Low impact N/A
The appeal of the region / area as a place for employees to live and work
Accommodation requirements
Transportation/Public transit
Remote location

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* 10. What level of impact do you expect the following workforce-related issues to have on your workplace over the next few years? (Please select N/A if an issue is not relevant to you)

  High impact Moderate impact Low impact N/A
Absenteeism (frequent patterns of absence from work)
Presenteeism (at work but not engaged and productive)
Nature of work schedule (seasonal, irregular hours)
Nature of work (i.e. temperature, manual, job content)
Turnover/Retention
Wages/Benefits
Worker physical or mental wellness issues
Personal goals of people (i.e. work life balance)
Job abandonment
Skill limitations of current workers
Aging workforce and retirement

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* 11. What level of impact do you expect the following competition-related issues to have on your workplace over the next few years? (Please select N/A if an issue is not relevant to you)

  High impact Moderate impact Low impact N/A
Inability to compete with other employers due to pay and benefits
Inability to compete with other employers due to promotion opportunities
Competing with other meat businesses in the region for the same labour pool

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* 12. Which job positions does your organization/business experience the most difficulty hiring for? (Please select N/A if you do not hire for this role)

  To no extent To a little extent To some extent To a great extent N/A
Meat Cutter / Butcher - Industrial (NOC 9462)
Meat Cutter / Butcher - Retail / Wholesale (NOC 6331)
Live Animal Handler / Receiver
Kill Floor Worker
Sausage Maker
Smokehouse Operator
General Labourer
Process control and Machine Operators
Drivers
Shipper/Receiver
Sanitation Maintenance and construction trades
Lead Hand / Supervisor
QA/HACCP Coordinator / Technician / Manager
Human Resources / Health and Safety
Sales
Accounting / Bookkeeping
Customer service / retail
Administrative

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* 13. Does your organization have written job descriptions for in-demand roles that detail relevant skills and responsibilities?

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* 14. Please rate the difficulty of finding people with the following skills? (Please select NA if any of the options are not relevant to your business)

  Very difficult Somewhat difficult Neither easy nor difficult Somewhat easy Very easy N/A
Communication skills
Literacy skills
Customer service skills
Work ethic / dependability / accountability
Self-motivated / work with little or no supervision
Teamwork / Collaboration
Supervisory or managerial skills (e.g. managing people)
Attention to detail
Problem solving
Time Management
Cognitive skills (ability to learn new skills)
Numeracy skills (interpret and communicate numbers)
Computer skills (e.g. software)
Physical strength / endurance

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* 15. Thinking about the skill needs of your workplace, indicate your interest and experience with the following strategies in meeting your skills needs? (Please select NA if any of the options are not relevant to your business)

  Tried with positive results Tried with little to no result Interested in trying N/A
Using existing staff to mentor or train junior staff
Recruiting a lower skilled employee, then training them on the job
Increasing investment in formal training for existing employees
Recruiting Temporary Foreign employees
Recruiting from outside your region/city
Using employment/temporary agencies
Using contractors/consultants (HR, maintenance, Food safety)
Changing work processes to avoid needing particular skills
Increasing salaries
Increasing/offering other benefits and compensation
Working with education partners to improve programs
Working with industry associations to develop specific strategies
Utilizing wage/training subsidies (COJG)

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* 16. Do you offer any formal training (separate from on-the-job training) to your employees?

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* 17. Do you have a dedicated budget for employee training?

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* 18. In your opinion, which of the following training options should be supported by an employer? (Please select all that apply)

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* 19. How many days are you willing and able to allocate to skills training for your employees during a year? (Please input a whole number between 0-365)

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* 20. Which of the following has your operation engaged in to develop people's skills? (Please select all that apply)

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* 21. Which of the following are available to your employees to assist with their formal training? (Please select all that apply)

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* 22. Which of the following do you feel are the greatest barriers to skill development for your business? (Please select up to three)

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* 23. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns?

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* 24. Would you be willing to be interviewed to discuss your experiences?

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