Labourers in Food and Beverage Processing

NOC 9617


Labourers in this unit group perform material handling, clean-up, packaging and other elemental activities related to food and beverage processing. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries and other food and beverage processing and packaging plants.



  • Transport raw materials, finished products and packaging materials throughout plant and warehouse manually, or with powered equipment
  • Measure and dump ingredients into hoppers of mixing and grinding machines or mobile tank trucks
  • Feed and unload food, beverage and associated products processing machines
  • Feed flattened boxes into forming machines to construct containers
  • Remove filled containers from conveyors and manually pack goods into bags, boxes or other containers
  • Clean work areas and equipment
  • Check products and packaging for basic quality defects
  • Assist process control and machine operators in performing their duties.

Other Titles

  • Dairy Helper
  • Candy Packager
  • Meat Packager
  • Frozen Food Packer
  • Production Helper
  • Brewery Labourer
  • Tobacco Processing Labourer

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Food Safety/Handling
  • Weight Handling
  • Reliability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Personal Suitability
  • Standing for Extended Periods
  • Teamwork

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Some secondary school education may be required

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Not required


  • Not required

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as labourers in this unit group are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$31,036 $33,850 $19,223 $22,212

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
4131 Food wholesaler-distributor 75 115

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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