The benefit of being the most friendly and welcoming nation in the world is that all the amazing people we welcome to Canada every year bring their own rich and unique cultures with them, and what is the best thing about different cultures? Different foods! We love to eat out here in Canada, and the more diversity the better. For just that reason there are take-aways, restaurants, diners, cafes and eateries offering dishes from all over the world, aside from our own Canadian favourites. For all this we need cooks, and lots of them! If you are on the hunt for a job in Canada, you couldn’t go wrong as a cook. From cities to small towns, Vancouver to Yellowknife to Toronto to Halifax, cook positions are aplenty. Cooks are highly in demand in Canada. Further, there is a pathway to permanent residency, an easy one, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot was created with the intention of filling the gaps in Nova Scotia’s labour market. There are three more Atlantic provinces also participating in the pilot; New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island. There are many positions available for Cooks and Chefs in these provinces too but not as much as in Nova Scotia. To be eligible for permanent residency in Nova Scotia through the AIP, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Get a valid job offer from a designated employer. Your job offer must be accompanied by a copy of the employers Letter of Designation, if they don’t have one, ask them about getting designated.
- You must have at least one year’s experience as a cook or chef;
- The equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma, you will need to have an Education Credential Assessment done to verify your credentials;
- You must pass a Canadian Language Benchmark test, this will show you can communicate effectively to function in your kitchen and Canadian society; and
- You must be able to show you have enough funds to make the transition and settle in Nova Scotia.
Once you have a job offer, you can submit your application for permanent residence through the AIP. You must simultaneously apply for a job specific work permit. You will use your job offer for this as well and it will allow you to go over to Canada while your application for permanent residency is being processed.
Being a Cook in Nova Scotia
There are jobs for every type of cook in Canada. Positions include line cooks, quick order cooks, general cooks that can prepare a variety of dishes in facilities such as old age homes, specialised cooks and even pastry cooks/chefs. The average salary for a cook in Canada is $31,200 a year, but make a name for yourself and get some experience under your belt and you could be making upwards of $51,541 a year. Some of the monthly costs of living in Halifax, Nova Scotia:
Rent – $900 for a two bedroom apartment
Public Transport – $80
Healthcare – free
Internet – $47 for in home WiFi
Utilities – $121 for heating, water & electricity, gas
Bread – $1.21 for a loaf
CocaCola – $2.13 for half a litre
Cigarettes – $17 for a pack of Marlboro
These are prices of living in a major city, if you got a job in a smaller town it would be even cheaper.
Nova Scotia is a beautiful province, surrounded by the Atlantic ocean on all four sides, it has some of the most beautiful ocean views and seafood in the whole of North America. If you are bored on days off you can always take a drive along Old Post Road, a Unesco Heritage site to go check out the bottomless pit that has been under excavation since 1795 or give the rocking stone, a 95 ton boulder a bump and watch it move thanks to your strength. Or try your hand at fishing, hiking, ice-skating, skiing, hunting or whatever other dream you may have. In Canada you can be or do anything you ever wanted.
What We Do at MDC
Navigating the Canadian immigration and visa system can be a bit of a chore. There are copious amounts of forms to complete, documents to submit and strict submission dates. We wouldn’t blame you for being slow to take off with your application. That’s what we’re here for. MDC is an all inclusive immigration and visa service, we take the stress and hassle out of the application process. Our accredited RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are ready to evaluate your eligibility, review all documentation and submit your application and supporting documents on your behalf. Using an RCIC not only gives you the best possible chance of receiving an ITA but will make the entire process simple and stress-free.
We handle the paperwork while you secure a good job offer. All you have to do is complete our online eligibility form and we’ll take care of the rest. It’s just that simple.