Job prospects Chef near Saint-Jérôme (QC)

Explore current and future job prospects for Chefs near Saint-Jérôme (QC). These trends also apply to people working as a chef.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

Outlook over the next 3 years
Fair Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Chefs (NOC 6321) in the Laurentides region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Opportunities will be accessible primarily to experienced cooks and, to a lesser degree, to graduates of a professional cooking training program. To work as a chef, a candidate must be generally an apprentice cook, then a cook's helper, and finally a sous-chef under the supervision of a chef, before becoming a qualified cook, and eventually a chef. The Diplomas and Attestations of College Studies in food service and restaurant management, in hotel management and in tourism represent an asset for chefs who wish to open their own restaurant or be promoted to a management position. Employers are looking for experienced candidates who are able to manage a kitchen in terms of cost and supplies, create a menu and new recipes, as well as provide training and supervision for cooks under their responsibility. Qualified chefs can obtain the Red Seal qualification which allows interprovincial mobility in Canada.

Employment dynamics in this occupation depend on the trends affecting the food services sector. This industry is characterized by a very competitive business environment with low profit margins, resulting in a particularly large business turnover. Despite the increase in household income and their discretionary spending budget, the amount spent on meals in restaurants has not really increased. The food services industry also has to compete with retail trade, which is diversifying its service offering with the delivery of ready-to-cook meals and opening fast food outlets. However, population aging, the increase in single-person households, the high participation of women in the labour market and improving outlooks for tourism in Québec, could benefit this occupation in the longer term.

Here are some key facts about Chefs in the Laurentides region:

  • Approximately 970 people work in this occupation.
  • Chefs mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Accommodation and food services (NAICS 72): 69%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance (NAICS 623-624): 6%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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