The Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks has revealed that skilled chefs and cooks are in high demand in the country. It does not matter what part of the world you are from, your excellent culinary skills could be your ticket to immigrating to Canada as a chef or cook.
With Canada being a good tourist destination, the Canadian hospitality sector provides not only local Canadian dishes but also foreign cuisines ranging from Italian to Asian, African, and so on.
Canada is a country that is welcoming to foreigners. And since it has learned to embrace foreign immigrants, it has also learned to embrace their styles of cooking.
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How Can you Work in Canada as a Chef?
All of the Canadian provinces require more and more chefs, cooks, and other food service workers to come into their labor force.
Since there is a high demand for these positions but a shortage of workers, you stand a high chance of successfully immigrating to work in Canada as a chef.
Wondering how you can begin the immigration process to Canada to work as a chef, there are four basic steps that you must take:
- Search and apply for relevant positions to work as a chef or cook in Canada
- Apply for your Canadian work permit
- Get certification and Red Seal Endorsement
- Apply to a relevant immigration pathway
Search and Apply for Relevant Positions to Work as a Chef in Canada
Getting a job position as a chef in Canada is not necessarily the first step to take.
However, you may begin searching for relevant positions while you continue other immigration processes.
You will be surprised at how many vacancies are available in Canada for cooks and chefs. The country is currently recruiting persons who can take charge of food services in hospitals, retirement homes, restaurants, hotels, and so on.
Many are needed to specialize in making foreign cuisines while others are simply recruited for their expertise in preparing healthy and delicious meals.
Apply for your Canadian Work Permit
With a relevant job offer, you can apply for your Canadian work permit. Note that your work permit is not the same as your visa.
The work permit licenses you to work in Canada while your visa only permits you to move into the country. There are two major types of work permits in Canada:
- The open work permit
- The employer-specific work permit
An open work permit is a permit that makes you available to work for anyone in Canada. You can apply for this kind of work permit even if you don’t have a job offer yet.
However, you may not be able to get an open work permit if you have never had any reason to stay in Canada as this work permit is usually for graduated students or persons awaiting the results of their application for pr.
The employer-specific work permit, like the name implies, allows you to work for only one employer.
This is the most common kind of work permit foreigners can apply for and you need a job offer to get one.
Your employer-specific work permit states who you will be working for, a summarized job description, and the time frame you can work in Canada as negotiated between you and your employer.
Get Certification and Red Seal Endorsement
Certain occupations in Canada require you to obtain certifications or accreditations before you can begin work.
To immigrate to Canada as a chef, you must get relevant certification as regulated by the body of chefs and/or cooks in the province you will be working in. you should be careful to follow only the regulatory processes in your province.
This is because the process of certification varies from province to province and from profession to profession.
However, irrespective of what province you will be working with, cooks and chefs are recognized as skilled traders and they must obtain certification to work in Canada.
The Red Seal Endorsement is a further kind of accreditation in Canada. Not all trades that require accreditation require a Red Seal Endorsement but working as chefs and cooks in Canada do.
With a Red Seal Endorsement, you prove that you have proficient skills you work in your profession. Having this endorsement can improve your chances of getting employed as a chef in Canada if you are not already.
To obtain the Red Seal Endorsement, you must take the Red Seal Examination and meet other criteria provided by the governing body.
Apply to a Relevant Immigration Pathway
Applying to an immigration pathway is what finally makes you eligible to immigrate to Canada as a Chef. There are several immigration pathways you can employ depending on which is most convenient for your situation.
Some immigration pathways require you to have a valid job offer or Canadian work experience while some do not.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are the easiest pathways to immigrate to Canada as a chef.
You may or may not have a Canadian job offer or work experience to apply for any of these programs.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is an immigration program under the Express Entry that favors prospective immigrants who are skilled experts in certain trade occupations.
There is a list of occupations that qualify as a skilled trade in Canada and working as a chef is one of them. Occupations are regulated by the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) and all jobs that are eligible for this program are referred to as ‘Skill type B’.
There is no specific level of education needed to apply for the FSTP, making you have a chance at working in Canada even with your high school diploma.
Applying to FSTP not only grants you the opportunity to work in Canada but also permanent residency.
This means that you can remain in Canada for the rest of your life, working as a chef if you apply to this program.
The minimum requirements to apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are as follows:
- Two years of relevant full-time work experience or its part-time equivalent. The work experience must be within the immediate past five years.
- A one-year valid job offer in Canada OR a certificate of qualification from any province or territory in Canada.
- Proficiency in English of French Language as applicable. Proof of proficiency in the English Language is determined using the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) While proficiency in French is measured with the Niveaux de Competence Linguistique Canadiens (NCLC).
- Proof of sufficient funds to immigrate and settle in Canada
- Ability to demonstrate that you meet all of the minimum requirements
If you meet the minimum requirements, you can go ahead to create an online Express Entry profile. All express entry profiles are assessed through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
Your profile is compared with these requirements and is used to award you CRS points. About two times a month, there will be an Express Entry draw when profiles with the highest CRS points will be chosen.
If you are able to make a CRS score that beats the competition, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Application for pr through the Federal Skilled Trades Program is processed in about six months.
FAQs on Working in Canada as a Chef
Depending on your level of expertise and you organization you work for, you may earn between $45,000 and $78,000 when you immigrate to Canada to work as a chef. Chefs and cooks are usually not placed on the same payroll and chefs may earn higher than cooks. The average salary of a Canadian cook is about $35,200. Meanwhile, there are other relevant positions you may take in Canada with your culinary experience. Such include:
- Food service or culinary manager
- Food service supervisor
- Kitchen helper
- Recipe development chef
- Chef manager
- Culinary coach
There is a demand for chefs, cooks, and other related service providers in all the provinces and territories in Canada. However, there is a huge demand in these regions:
- Vancouver, British Colombia
- Prince Edward Island
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Halifax, Nova Scotia