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Job trends Canada – Chefs

Posted on September 30, 2020
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Chef Jobs in Canada

Chefs perform the duties of planning menus and directing the food preparation methods and supervise cooking activities and also prepare dishes. They can find work in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, clubs etc.

Job prospects for chefs in Canada

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Median wage per hour- The median wage for this profession is 17.09 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where the median wage is 18.4 dollars per hour.

Salary table

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 12.00 17.09 25.45
Alberta 15.00 18.40 27.69
British Columbia 14.60 17.00 25.00
Manitoba 12.00 15.00 25.31
New Brunswick 11.70 15.63 22.33
Newfoundland and Labrador 12.00 16.00 23.75
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 12.55 16.83 26.44
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 14.00 17.05 28.85
Prince Edward Island 12.85 15.00 23.00
Quebec 13.10 17.00 24.62
Saskatchewan 13.00 18.38 24.10
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

 Skills required

  • Cooking, preparing, and serving skills
  • Knowledge of operating and repairing equipment, machinery Management
  • Supervisory skills
  • Planning and analysis skills
  • Communication skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Creative skills

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for chefs is fair in most provinces of Canada.

Alberta Fair
British Columbia Good
Manitoba Fair
New Brunswick Limited
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
Northwest Territories Fair
Nova Scotia Fair
Nunavut Undetermined
Ontario Good
Prince Edward Island Fair
Quebec Fair
Saskatchewan Fair
Yukon Territory Fair

10-year predictions

For chefs new job openings over the period between 2019-2028 is expected to be 23,700 while 24,400 new job seekers will be available to fill them.

Job openings and job seekers are expected to be at relatively similar levels over the next few years and the balance between labor supply and demand is expected to continue till 2028.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school education is required.
  • Cook’s trade certification, which is available in all provinces and territories, or equivalent credentials, training and experience, are required.
  • Executive chefs should have management training and several years of experience in commercial food preparation.
  • Red Seal endorsement for cooks is available to qualified chefs upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Qualified chefs should apply for the Chef de cuisine certification, administered by the Canadian Culinary Institute of the Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CFCC), is available to qualified chefs.

License requirements

Chefs require a certification from a regulatory authority before they start working in Ontario. The details are as per the table below:

Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Ontario Chef Regulated Ontario College of Trades

 Number of vacancies- There are 359 job openings for chefs in Canada.

Responsibilities of a chef

  • Arrange for purchase of machinery and their maintenance
  • Plan menus and guarantee that food complies with quality standards
  • Recruit and employ workers
  • Consult with clients to plan weddings, banquets and niche functions
  • Plan and guide the preparation of food and cooking activities at various restaurants
  • Estimating food requirements and the cost of food and labor
  • Supervising the tasks of specialist chefs, chefs, cooks and other kitchen staff
  • Show the cooking team new cooking methods and new equipment
  • Instruct cooks to prepare, cook, garnish and present foodstuffs
  • Create fresh recipes

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