Job prospects Cook in Québec
Job opportunities for Cooks (NOC 6322) are fair in Québec 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 Québec
The employment outlook will be fair for Cooks (NOC 6322) in Québec 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 a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Opportunities will be accessible primarily to experienced cooks and graduates of professional training programs. The completion of a vocational training program in cooking is an important asset. The qualities and competencies most in demand by employers are creativity, leadership, autonomy, teamwork abilities, a sense of priorities and responsibilities, as well as attention to detail and cleanliness.
Employment dynamics in this occupation depend on the trends affecting the food services sector. This industry is characterized by a very competitive business environment with low profit margins, resulting in a particularly large business turnover. Despite the increase in household income and their discretionary spending budget, the amount spent on meals in restaurants has not really increased. The food services industry also has to compete with retail trade, which is diversifying its service offering with the delivery of ready-to-cook meals and opening fast food outlets. However, population aging, the increase in single-person households, the high participation of women in the labour market and the improvement of tourism opportunities in Québec could benefit this occupation in the longer term.
Here are some key facts about Cooks in Québec:
- Approximately 56,900 people work in this occupation.
- Cooks mainly work in the following sectors:
- Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 72%
- Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 6%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 68% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 32% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 52% of cooks work all year, while 48% 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 30 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
- Less than 5% of cooks are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Fair Fair|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Fair Fair|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Good Good|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Fair Fair|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Good Good|
|Côte-Nord Region||Fair Fair|
|Estrie Region||Fair Fair|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Fair Fair|
|Lanaudière Region||Fair Fair|
|Laurentides Region||Fair Fair|
|Laval Region||Fair Fair|
|Mauricie Region||Fair Fair|
|Montréal Region||Fair Fair|
|Montérégie Region||Fair Fair|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Fair Fair|
|Outaouais Region||Fair Fair|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Fair Fair|
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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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