Job prospects Food Counter Attendant in Ontario

Job opportunities for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a food counter attendant.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in Ontario

food counter attendant
Prospects over the next 3 years
Good

The employment outlook will be good for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Majority employed in restaurants, especially limited service eating places
  • Health care, mainly nursing and residential care facilities are also key employers.

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • The COVID-19 pandemic reduced demand across the food services industry including in quick service restaurants due to public health measures. However, conditions should improve as restrictions ease and spending on dining and food services picks up
  • Population growth in several areas of the province is resulting in new communities and food service operations
  • Significant investments and expansions in the health care and social assistance industry, including nursing and residential care facilities and hospitals
  • Employee turnover is expected to create a steady number of job openings, as this is an entry-level occupation with a younger workforce and a high degree of part-time work.

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Some employers may prefer workers who have Food Handlers Certification.

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

Flexibility is an asset as many employers require staff to work evenings, weekends, and holiday shifts.

Here are some key facts about Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 147,050 people work in this occupation.
  • Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 78%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 36% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 64% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 42% of food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations work all year, while 58% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 26 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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