Job prospects Chef in British Columbia
Job opportunities for Chefs (NOC 6321) are good in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a chef.
Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.
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.
|Cariboo Region||Good Good|
|Kootenay Region||Fair Fair|
|Lower Mainland–Southwest Region||Good Good|
|Nechako Region||Fair Fair|
|North Coast Region||Fair Fair|
|Northeast Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Thompson–Okanagan Region||Good Good|
|Vancouver Island and Coast Region||Good Good|
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Job prospects elsewhere in 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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