Food Processing

The SHSM–Food Processing enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on the manufacturing processes used in food production or the science of food processing. Schools may choose to provide a particular choice of focus aligned to the particular pathway the student is pursuing, e.g., the manufacturing processes focus may be more appropriate to a student pursing an apprenticeship pathway, while a student pursing a university pathway may be more interested in a food science focus. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Butcher Food Processing Technician
Baker Laboratory Technicians
Millwright Packaging Technicians
Industrial Electrician Quality Control Technician - Food Processing
University Workplace
Supervisors Entry Level Line Operator
Food Scientist Process Labourers
Food Inspectors Sanitation Workers
Registered Dieticians Machine Operators
Food Research and Development Material Handler
Quality Assurance Regulatory Supervisor Packaging
Did You Know?

Ontario is North America's second largest centre for food processing, and Canada's latest free trade agreement with the European Union (CETA) makes the province an ideal location to serve customers around the world.

- Food and Rural Affairs

Required Components for the Food Processing Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of nine grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
      • Four food processing major credits
      • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics, and a choice of business studies or science
      • Two cooperative education credits tied to the sector
  • Six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (three compulsory and a choice of three electives)
  • Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  • Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans
  • Completion of Sector Partnered Contextualized Experience (SPCE) in ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship), mathematical literacy or coding

Food Processing Specialist Pathways Chart

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Four Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A Food Safety Level 1 Standard First-Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
Three electives from the list below
Basic electrical safety Hand tools and their uses Chemical handling Cleaning and sanitation in food processing
Customer service Employee empowerment training Food Handler Certification Fork lift safety
Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Leadership skills Lean Manufacturing Lockout/tagging
Personal protective equipment - food processing Nutrient Management Portfolio development Project management
Safe lifting practices Sector-specific vehicle operation and safety Specialized business program/competition (e.g., Junior Achievement Company Program, Summer Company Program) Statistical process control (SPC)
Supply chain management Transportation of dangerous goods Waste management

Notice: elective certification & training offerings vary between schools

Bundle of Grade 11 & 12 Credits

SHSM Credits
Apprenticeship College University Workplace
Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12
Food Processing Major may include maximum of 1 Cooperative Education Credit 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr.
English 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Math 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Science or Business Studies or Additional Cooperative Education Credit 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Cooperative Education 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr.
Total Number of Credits 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr.