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Tourism Labour Force Survey

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – October 2019

(seasonally unadjusted) In October 2019, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 4.6%, which is 0.3 percentage points higher than the rate reported in October 2018, and higher than the previous month (September 2019), when the unemployment rate stood at 4.5%. At 4.6%, tourism’s unemployment rate was below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate …

Strengthening Canada as an Inclusive Destination

In a report on travel destination trends for LGBTQ2 travel in 2019, Travel Pulse selected just one Canadian city in its ‘top 30’ destinations: Montreal. While the recognition does represent a foothold into this burgeoning market, a new initiative aims to increase Canada’s national profile as a premier tourism destination for the LGBTQ2 market: one …

Immigration Vital to Tourism’s Success

By 2032, immigrants will be responsible for 100% of Canada’s population growth. Today, without immigration, Canada’s labour force would be shrinking, as the number individuals retiring is greater than the number of school leavers entering the labour force. Under such circumstances, immigration is a vitally important subject. Tourism HR Canada recently attended the Conference Board …

Joe Baker, Dean, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, Centennial College

The Future of Work in the Tourism Sector Starts at School

By Joe Baker, Dean, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, Centennial College According to Tourism HR Canada, tourism is a $90 billion industry that employs over 1.8 million workers, outpacing many other industries in the country. As Canada’s share of the global tourism market increases, so does the need for a highly skilled workforce. …

RISE | Recognizing Canada's Best Indigenous Tourism Experiences

The RISE of Indigenous Tourism: Supporting the Industry by Recognizing Excellence

By the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) ITAC, in partnership with Tourism HR Canada, is looking to develop a nation-wide Indigenous tourism standards recognition program, entitled RISE. The goal of this project will be to support Indigenous tourism businesses of all kinds, from authentic cultural experiences to essential tourism services in Indigenous destinations to …

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Skilling It: Exploring Education and Skill Levels in Tourism

Tourism HR Canada regularly provides tourism stakeholders with new information on the labour force. A key data source is the Canadian census, which contains highly detailed information on the demographic makeup of the people who staff jobs in the industry. We’ve released a series of charts that explore the share of tourism employees in 38 …