Job outlook Chef in British Columbia
Job opportunities for Chefs (NOC 6321) are good in British Columbia over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a chef.
Job opportunities in British Columbia
The employment outlook will be good for Chefs (NOC 6321) in British Columbia 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.
- High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
This tourism-related occupation benefits from a favourable Canadian to U.S. dollar exchange rate and an influx of visitors from Alberta, the U.S. and China.
The BC Restaurant & Food Service Association reports an extensive labour shortage facing the industry.
Here are some key facts about Chefs in the British Columbia region:
- Approximately 11,250 people work in this occupation.
- Chefs mainly work in the following sectors:
- Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 78%
- Accommodation services (NAICS 721): 8%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 88% compared to 77% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 12% compared to 23% for all occupations
- 55% of chefs work all year, while 45% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
- 9% of chefs are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
Through the Express Entry Dual Intent program, restaurant employers facing labour shortages can apply for a temporary work permit for full-time employment of a foreign worker seeking permanent residency.
Foreign workers must have a culinary diploma or hospitality management education, a minimum 4 years specific experience and demonstrated English language proficiency.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in British Columbia by economic region.
|Lower Mainland–Southwest Region||Good|
|North Coast Region||Fair|
|Vancouver Island and Coast Region||Good|
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Labour market conditions across Canada
We expect that the labour supply and demand for Chefs (NOC 6321) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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