Job prospects Food Service Supervisor in Ontario

Job opportunities for Food service supervisors (NOC 6311) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a food service supervisor.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in Ontario

food service supervisor
Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Food service supervisors (NOC 6311) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.

The majority of food service supervisors work in full service restaurants, where food services are provided to customers who order and are served while seated, and limited-service eating places, where customers order and pay before eating. Recent investments made in renovations of existing restaurants and in new restaurants across the province should create new work opportunities for food service supervisors. The arrival of a number of new international restaurant chains in some regions should also create additional opportunities.

A shift in consumer preferences towards limited-service restaurants, the emergence of fine casual dining, and growth in prevalence and popularity of various food service delivery platforms may increase prospects in these types of establishments. Household spending figures on food purchased from restaurants have grown year over year, and is taking a greater and greater share of total household expenditure spending. The demand for some restaurant services is highly sensitive to consumer discretionary spending, which tends to be dependent on economic conditions. Over the next few years, as the Ontario economy is expected to slow its growth, spending on restaurant meals may moderate as well.

A significant number of job openings is expected to arise from employee turnover as these relatively young workers leave for promotions or other careers. However, the occupation may have gained somewhat greater appeal due to the increase in Ontario's minimum wage from $11.40/hour to $14.00/hour in January 2018.

Positions are often filled by internal promotions. Those interested in this occupation may be required to work a flexible schedule as part-time and shift work are common, including working evenings, weekends and holidays. In general, employment opportunities are less favourable for food service supervisors in the winter months compared to peak summer periods.

There is an increasing demand for applicants with additional training and/or certification. For example, a safe food handling certificate, while not mandatory for this field, may be required by employers across the province. However, Smart Serve training is mandatory for individuals serving alcoholic beverages in Ontario.

Here are some key facts about Food service supervisors in the Ontario region:

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