At a time when Chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Susur Lee are household names and shows like Top Chef and Masterchef are as popular as soap operas , you would not be too surprised to hear that the demand for Cooks & Chefs has increased sharply over the past few years in Canada. From classy restaurants to large hotel chains, from resorts to cruise liners, those who are well trained and experienced in different cuisines have rewarding careers waiting for them in Canada.
The Federation of Chefs and Cooks of Canada have highlighted an urgent need for expert chefs and cooks in Canada – there is a severe shortage of skilled workers as millions of baby boomers hit retirement age and exit the workforce. A restaurant in Victoria, BC has just shut down operations for the whole month of August due to a shortage of line cooks.
Chew on this:
- Canada’s various multicultural restaurants employ 520,000 young people under the age of 25 – that’s one in five youth jobs.
- Restaurants provide more first jobs than any other industry. 22% of Canadians got their career start in a restaurant or foods ervice business. This industry directly employs more than 1.2 million people, or 6.9% of the Canada’s workforce – making it the country’s fourth-largest employer.
3.A greater percentage of Canadians will be living in retirement homes, which will need cooks trained to recognise and prepare food according to specific dietary needs.
The average wage : CAD 15.13 per hour (CAD 11.75 – CAD 20.67) with an additional hourly tip of CAD $ 1.8. Overtime can fetch you CAD $ 24. Total annual pay ranges from : CAD 26,099 – CAD 47,333. This is set to rise with the minimum wage increase in January 2018.
Blog Authored by: Rini Dalal
Reference : Job Vacancy Data, Stats Canada, July 2017