Job prospects Cook in Québec
Job opportunities for Cooks (NOC 6322) are good in Québec over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a cook.
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 Québec
The employment outlook will be good for Cooks (NOC 6322) in Québec for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions. Part of this growth is attributable to the recovery of losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Job opportunities in this occupation are primarily accessible 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 include creativity, leadership, autonomy, teamwork abilities, ability to prioritize, and responsibility, as well as attention to detail and cleanliness.
Employment growth in this occupation depends on the factors affecting the food services sector. This industry is subject to a very competitive business environment with low profit margins, resulting in a particularly large business turnover. The food services industry also has to compete with businesses that offer meal kit delivery services and the retail trade, which is diversifying its service offering by opening fast-food and ready-to-cook outlets. Population aging, the increase in single-person households and the high participation of women in the labour market should benefit this occupation in the longer term. However, in the short term, the employment outlook will depend on the pace of easing restrictions in restaurants and on tourism recovery. In addition, the widespread adoption of telework during the pandemic has led to a reduction in restaurant spending and could draw a significant share of clientele from restaurants and affect growth in this occupation.
While it will be good elsewhere, the employment outlook for this occupation will be fair in the following regions:
- Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, due to a higher proportion of unemployed workers
- Outaouais, due to a lower proportion of retirements
Here are some key facts about Cooks in Québec:
- Approximately 54,000 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||Good Good|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Good Good|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Good Good|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Good Good|
|Côte-Nord Region||Good Good|
|Estrie Region||Good Good|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Fair Fair|
|Lanaudière Region||Good Good|
|Laurentides Region||Good Good|
|Laval Region||Good Good|
|Mauricie Region||Good Good|
|Montréal Region||Good Good|
|Montérégie Region||Good Good|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Outaouais Region||Fair Fair|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Good Good|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
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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