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Rethinking Work, Workforce, and Workplace: Checklists to Help Respond to COVID-19 Impacts

Launched last month, the Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit offers a wide range of advice, resources, and guidance to help tourism operators safely navigate the gradual reopening of communities and businesses. As the situation across Canada is constantly changing in response to fluctuations in cases, regional needs, and new research, the Toolkit was designed to be …

Societal Impacts as Lower Wage Earners Harder Hit by COVID-19 Employment Losses

COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of Canadians’ lives and affected employment across industries and occupations. Almost no segment of the economy has been untouched, but certain groups have been more affected than others. We know that women and youth have suffered greater employment losses as a percentage of pre-COVID employment levels than men. A recent …

From Recovery to Resiliency: Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit Now Live

Business-focused toolkit supports Canadian tourism SMEs in navigating COVID-19 recovery and resiliency efforts Ottawa, ON (June 24, 2020) – Tourism HR Canada today launched the COVID-19 Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit to guide the hard-hit industry as it works to recover and build resiliency for the medium to long term. The COVID-19 Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit …

Strong Partnerships Support Newcomers and Hotels Through Pandemic

The Destination Employment program prepares newcomers to Canada for jobs in the accommodations industry—an industry in which employers were often desperately seeking skilled staff to welcome the rapidly growing number of visitors across the country. And then, leading into the final year of the three-year pilot, the pandemic hit. Regional partners were quick to assess …

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Identifying Workforce Impacts to Support Tourism’s Recovery

Canada’s tourism sector has been hit hard by the global efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism businesses were among the first impacted and face a lengthy recovery. Much uncertainty remains regarding what travel restrictions and recommendations will look like over the coming months. Even locals’ ability to access tourism-related …

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Signs of Recovery as Tourism Employment Inches Upward

After two months in which tourism employment decreased 43.3%, May saw a reversal, driven by increases in the accommodations, food and beverage services, and recreation and entertainment industries. Data for the May Labour Force Survey was collected the week of May 10th to 16th, when many provinces were easing restrictions, although most remained in place …