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If you are interested in working as a Restaurant and Food Service Manager in Canada, you will be pleased to know that the job outlook for your occupation in Canada is extremely positive. You can use this overview of the Canadian employment prospects in your field to start planning your immigration and settlement in Canada.

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Restaurant and Food Service managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of restaurants, bars, cafeterias and other food and beverage services. They are employed in food and beverage service establishments, or they may be self-employed.

(Description from Employment and Social Development Canada's National Occupation Classification, used by Canadian immigration officers, to assess an applicant's work experience.)

Restaurant and Food Service managers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of a restaurant, bar, cafeteria or other food or beverage service
  • Determine type of services to be offered and implement operational procedures
  • Recruit staff and oversee staff training
  • Set staff work schedules and monitor staff performance
  • Control inventory, monitor revenues and modify procedures and prices
  • Resolve customer complaints and ensure health and safety regulations are followed
  • Negotiate arrangements with suppliers for food and other supplies
  • Negotiate arrangements with clients for catering or use of facilities for banquets or receptions.

  • assistant bar manager
  • assistant manager – bar
  • assistant manager, restaurant
  • banquet manager
  • bar manager
  • beverage service manager
  • cafeteria manager
  • café manager
  • canteen manager
  • canteen service district manager
  • canteen services manager
  • catering service manager
  • cybercafé manager
  • dining establishment managing supervisor
  • dining room manager
  • district manager, canteen service
  • fast food restaurant manager
  • food and beverage service manager
  • food services manager
  • food services officer, base – military
  • food services steward – military
  • hotel food and beverage service manager
  • Internet café manager
  • logistics officer (food services) – military
  • manager trainee, restaurant
  • manager, café
  • manager, catering service
  • manager, cybercafé
  • manager, food and beverage service
  • manager, food services
  • manager, hotel food and beverage service
  • manager, Internet café
  • manager, restaurant
  • managing supervisor, dining establishment
  • restaurant assistant manager
  • restaurant manager
  • restaurateur – food services
  • steward, food services – military
  • tea room manager

Why your employment prospects in Canada are excellent:

  • Experience is generally more important than education in this field.
  • Employment is driven by the large size of the hospitality industry and levels of tourist activity.
  • In addition, the impending retirement of current workers in this occupation are creating a significant number of jobs each year.
  • Food management courses combined with experience are an asset in this occupation and increase chances of securing employment.
  • The majority of jobs are found in the accommodation and food services industry, as well as in hospitals, personal care homes, construction work camps, educational institutions and wherever food is served.
  • There are also opportunities for self-employment.
  • Canada's restaurant and foodservice industry employs more than one million people, generates $60-billion in annual sales and accounts for 4 per cent of the national economy.
  • There are 84,000 restaurants, cafeterias, coffee shops and bars in Canada.
Find out about the salary ranges for Restaurant and Food Services Managers in different Canadian cities with our Canada Salary Calculator

Some areas in Canada where your occupation is in demand:

While prospects are considered to be very good across the whole country, the following cities and provinces listed below have a particularly high demand for Restaurant and Food Service Managers.

Prince Edward Island
  • Employment prospects in this province are expected to be good in 2012-2013. This is a large occupational group for PEI. As with most large occupations, there will be frequent job openings due to normal turnover.
  • Demand for managers increases during the months of June to September. Traditionally, recruiting of managers for seasonal operations begins in April. Growth in the population of elderly people will result in a growing demand for food service managers in residential care facilities and supportive care services.

Nova Scotia
  • The future employment outlook for Restaurant and Food Service Managers in Nova Scotia is expected to be good over the next 5 years.
  • Halifax's tightening labour market has reduced the supply of available labour, which has created higher demand for people restaurant and food service managerial skills.
  • There are a large number of fast food and full service restaurants spread throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. The business parks such as Dartmouth Crossing and Bayers Lake Business Park often are the domain of big chain restaurants, with a greater proportion of independent restaurants located in the downtown core. All of the above are strong employers for restaurant and food service managers in Halifax.

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia:
  • There is a particularly high demand of Restaurant and Food Services Managers during Cape Breton's busy summer tourist season.

  • Saskatchewan's recent economic boom has boosted employment levels and spending in the accommodation and food service industry, resulting in increased employment opportunities for Restaurant and Food Service Managers.
  • Prospects are good in Northern Saskatchewan, Saskatoon and Rural West, and South-West Saskatchewan.

Moncton, New Brunswick:
  • Employment prospects are good in the Moncton area, with particularly high vacancies in the fast food industry.
  • Good employment prospects can be found in the following Ontario cities: Chaudière - Appalaches, Mauricie, Montreal, and Quebec City.

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