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Rocky Road Ahead: COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism Employment

It’s hard to estimate exactly how the spread of COVID-19 will affect Canada’s tourism businesses and employees. We do know it will be big and it will be negative. Any preliminary estimates are by necessity based on limited available information and subject to change and revision. Tourism HR Canada will be monitoring the effect closely …

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Prioritizing Health & Safety: Updates on Tourism HR Canada Initiatives

Tourism HR Canada has implemented several changes to its operations and initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone’s health and safety are always of the utmost priority, and we have taken action to do our part in limiting the spread of the virus. Our staff are working from home and easily reached during regular …

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Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – February 2020

(seasonally unadjusted) In February 2020, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 5.7%, which is 0.8 percentage points higher than the rate reported in February 2019, and the same as the previous month (January 2020). At 5.7%, tourism’s unemployment rate was just below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.9%. Of the tourism …

12 Practical, Insightful Ways to Find and Keep Workers in a Tight Labour Market

As the competition for staff increases amidst a tightening labour market, employers are looking for novel and creative solutions to attract and retain top talent. Job seekers, meanwhile, are looking for a more rounded work experience—a workplace that aligns with their values, encourages development and growth, and offers the flexibility to balance competing priorities in …

Building the Workforce of the Future

The Future Skills Framework relies on industry experts to ensure that each and every competency has been validated based on real-life insights from professionals with extensive experience in the field. We therefore gratefully welcomed ten experts in sustainable tourism to our Ottawa focus group on February 25 and 26. Over the course of two days, …

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Employers Battle Ongoing Labour Challenges in Face of Full Employment

Annual Labour Force Survey Highlights (2019) The Labour Force Survey (LFS), conducted by Statistics Canada, is the only source of monthly employment estimates for Canadian industries. It collects monthly standard labour market indicators and is a major source of information on the working-age population. Tourism HR Canada has finalized its review the estimates available for …