Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot April 2017

In April 2017, the unemployment rate  in the tourism sector was at 5.9%, which is 0.9% lower than the rate reported in April 2016, and lower than the previous month (March 2017) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.1%.

At 5.9%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.8%. All industry groups have reported lower unemployment rates than the same month last year.

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 3.4% in British Colombia to 16.1% in Prince Edward Island.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province, with the exception of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Manitoba were below the rates reported for the provincial economy. 

Tourism employment comprised 10.8% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of April.