Job prospects Cook in Prince Edward Island

Job opportunities for Cooks (NOC 6322) are good in Prince Edward Island over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a cook.

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 Prince Edward Island

Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Cooks (NOC 6322) in Prince Edward Island for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

The majority of cooks are employed in food services, mainly in full-service restaurants, and to a lesser extent in limited-service restaurants. Job prospects will therefore be better for candidates with substantial cooking experience. Although this is mostly an entry-level position and skilled trade certification is voluntary, individuals who have completed an apprenticeship or other culinary-related program may fare better in the job market, particularly in nursing care facilities. Individuals with several years' experience preparing specific ethnic dishes will also have good job prospects given the growing cultural diversity in the province. Job openings for cooks can be seasonal with opportunities better in the summer months. Some cooks change jobs frequently, creating additional employment opportunities in this occupation.

This trend is particularly evident in some rural areas where resorts and tourist facilities may only open for part of the year. Cooks may be required to work various shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays, therefore flexibility is an asset in securing employment.

The aging of the population, the increasing number of single households and the rising participation of women in the labour force will continue to benefit the food services industry.

Here are some key facts about Cooks in the Prince Edward Island region:

  • Approximately 1,000 people work in this occupation.
  • Cooks mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 61%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 9%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 8%
    • Accommodation services (NAICS 721): 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 71% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 29% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 40% of cooks work all year, while 60% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 27 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of cooks are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
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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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