August 21, 2020
Info, resources, and scholarships for Meatcutters

The Canadian Professional Meat Cutter's Association has created this website as a service and platform for the Meat Industry to encourage it’s diverse sectors to come together at a common meeting place to share information and challenges that are currently occurring in our industry, and hopefully in the long term, develop solutions through industry support & dialogue.

The CPMCA is a not for profit group operated by a small group of Professional Meat Cutter / Educators. Our website is one of our contributions to support industry, and the other is our textbook (see below) used in Meat Cutter training operations across Canada, as well as many sectors of the industry; who have adopted the textbook to support their in house training programs. 

Revenues from the sale of our textbooks helps keep our textbook current and further develop our website. Additionally, we provide student scholarships for entry level training meat cutter programs across Canada to encourage individuals to careers in the meat industry.

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Check out our Textbook on ‘Canadian Professional Meat Cutting

You can review the contents of the text as well as sample pages online at: or

This textbook is used extensively by Post Secondary Meat Cutter Training Programs located in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario as well as many other meat industry sectors across Canada.

Textbook Highlights:

  • Hard cover in full color with 747 pages                                                       
  • Over 1300 color images and graphics
  • 12 comprehensive chapters:
    • Introduction to the Canadian meat industry
    • Professionalism
    • Equipment, tools with emphasis on safety
    • Meat science
    • Bovine meats, beef, veal & bison
    • Pork
    • Lamb
    • Poultry
    • Seafood
    • Charcuterie
    • Marketing, Merchandising & trade math
    • Harvesting
    • Detailed text contents
    • Focus on CFIA regulations, nomenclature and cut guidelines
    • Chapters include terms for review & discussion questions to support school and in-house industry training
    • Detailed key word index with supporting usage guide
    • All Images are indexed with supporting usage guide
    • Reader friendly text layout with larger print font

The CPMCA is a not for profit association registered in Alberta.

All CPMCA revenues after expenses go towards keeping our Textbook current, manage & update our Industry website and provide scholarship funds for (ELT) entry level training at Meat Cutter training programs across Canada.

Ken Jakes – Secretary/Treasurer   

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The CPMCA is a not for profit organization registered in Alberta, Canada.