Job prospects Cook in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Cooks (NOC 6322) are fair in British Columbia over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a cook.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

cook
Outlook over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Cooks (NOC 6322) in British Columbia for the 2019-2021 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 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 Cooks in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 26,250 people work in this occupation.
  • Cooks mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 79%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 68% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 32% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 46% of cooks work all year, while 54% 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 31 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of cooks 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

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

Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

We expect that the labour supply and demand for Cooks (NOC 6322) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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