Job prospects Chef in Prince Edward Island

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "chef" was moved from the group Chefs (NOC 6321) to the group Chefs (NOC 62200).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "chef" in Prince Edward Island or Canada.

Job opportunities in Prince Edward Island

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Chefs (NOC 6321) in Prince Edward Island for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The prospect for employment in this occupation is positive over the forecast period as the food service industry continues to recover from the downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Job opportunities may also come from vacancies as a result of former workers having changed jobs as many were laid off or had their hours significantly reduced due to the pandemic.

Job opportunities for chefs are mainly driven by the level of consumer spending and tourism activities in food services including restaurants, and to a lesser extent, in accommodation services such as hotels. The Island’s tourism sector experienced a strong recovery in 2022 however a key challenge for operators was staffing shortages, particularly for red seal chefs and sous-chefs. 

The Island economy is projected to expand at a respectable pace over the forecast period, which which should result in job opportunities. However, growth prospects may be affected by persistent high inflation and rising interest rates which may reduce non-essential spending, including eating out at restaurants. Employment prospects tend to be better in population centres where the concentration of accommodation and food establishments is greater. Job openings can be seasonal particularly in rural areas where resorts and tourist facilities may only open for part of the year. Workers with experience preparing ethnic cuisines may have improved prospects given the growing cultural diversity of the province. Chefs interested in establishing their own business may wish to explore appropriate investment opportunities.

Here are some key facts about Chefs in Prince Edward Island:

  • Approximately 250 people work in this occupation.
  • Chefs mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 75%
    • Accommodation services (NAICS 721): 12%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 89% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 11% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 56% of chefs work all year, while 44% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 29 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • 8% of chefs are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 63% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 37% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 13% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 11% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 16% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 51% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 9% compared to 15% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 7% for all occupations

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