Job prospects Cook in the Laval Region

Explore current and future job prospects for Cooks in the Laval Region. These trends also apply 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.

Recent trends from the past 3 years

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was good over the past few years (2019-2021). There were more job openings than workers available to fill them.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Assessment Methodology

Job outlook over the next 3 years

Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Cooks (NOC 6322) in the census metropolitan area of Montréal, including the Laval region, 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 a moderate number of 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 the census metropolitan area of Montréal, including the Laval region:

  • Approximately 23,480 people work in this occupation.
  • Cooks mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Accommodation and food services (NAICS 72): 72%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance (NAICS 623-624): 12%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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