Job prospects Fast Food Restaurant Manager in Ontario

Job opportunities for Restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a fast food restaurant manager.

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

Job opportunities in Ontario

fast food restaurant manager
Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

The majority of restaurant and food service managers work in full-service and limited-service restaurants. A small share is employed in special food services such as catering companies. Full-service restaurants have been facing strong competition from limited-service operations due to changing consumer preferences., Nevertheless, demand for both types of restaurant operations is increasing, with “fast-casual” dining being the largest segment in the foodservice industry.Opportunities may be improved for workers in these restaurants as they expand their provincial presence.

Employment prospects for restaurant and food service managers are sensitive to consumer spending, which is dependent on economic conditions. Ontario's economy is generally expected to be favourable over the next few years, however, decreased consumer confidence and rising household debt levels may curb some leisure-related spending and constrain employment growth for these workers. Also, the population is increasing in several areas of the province leading to the development of more communities, and new restaurant and food service operations.

Restaurant and food services managers usually have several years of experience working in the food service sector. Depending on the size of the establishment, knowledge of high volume restaurant operations may be needed. Employers also tend to seek candidates with additional training and/or certifications, for example, a safe food handling certificate. Red Seal cook certification, while not mandatory for this field, may be required by a few employers across the province. Smart Serve training is mandatory for individuals serving alcoholic beverages in Ontario.

These managers have a significantly higher rate of self-employment than all occupations in Ontario, due to the prevalence of smaller-scale, owner-operator type of food service establishments. Generally, employment opportunities within this occupation are less favourable in the winter months.

Here are some key facts about Restaurant and food service managers in the Ontario region:

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