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63201 – Butchers - retail and wholesale

Butchers prepare standard and specialty cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale in retail or wholesale food establishments. They are employed in supermarkets, grocery stores, butcher shops and fish stores or may be self-employed. Butchers who are supervisors or heads of departments are included in this unit group. Apprentices are also included in this unit group


Example titles

  • Apprentice butcher - retail or wholesale
  • Butcher - butcher shop
  • Head butcher - wholesale
  • Retail butcher

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Cut, trim, bone and otherwise prepare custom and/or standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale at self-serve counters or according to customers' orders
  • Prepare meat for special displays and/or delivery
  • Shape, lace and tie roasts and other meats, poultry or fish and may wrap or package fresh or frozen or prepared meats
  • Manage inventory, keep records of sales and determine amount, product line and freshness of products according to company and customer requirements
  • Adhere to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and food safety standards
  • Ensure food storage conditions are adequate
  • May supervise, direct work or train other butchers, meat cutters or fishmongers.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Completion of a college or other butchery training program may be required.
  • Several years of on-the-job training in food stores is usually required for retail butchers.

Additional information

  • Progression from Industrial Butcher positions and Industrial Meat Cutter positions to these higher skilled jobs is possible with experience and specialized on the job training in supermarkets, grocery stores, fish stores, butcher shops.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
6 – Sales and service occupations
3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training
Major group
63 – Occupations in sales and services
Sub-major group
632 – Occupations in services
Minor group
6320 – Cooks, butchers and bakers
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