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Unpacking 12 New Strategies to Help Tourism Employers Address Labour Shortages

Tourism operators are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain workers. Over the past 17 years, 100,000 jobs were unfilled. These were advertised positions for which tourism employers were unable to find workers, and despite demand, business expansions never occurred because they lacked the workers to deliver on the services. These vacancies accounted for …

Canada-China Year of Tourism 2018: Are You Ready?

Special Edition of Welcoming International Visitors Available Free of Charge Since 2010, when Canada received approved destination status in China, the number of Chinese visitors coming to Canada has more than tripled. The Government of Canada has set a goal to double Chinese visitation to Canada by 2021. That means over 600,000 additional visitors! Canadian …

Partners and Stakeholders Survey: Results Are In

Our sincere thanks to all participants in our annual survey of partners and stakeholders and to those who distributed the survey to their members. Your insightful feedback allows us to respond to industry needs and keep on top of emerging issues affecting our sector. We asked a lot of key questions and are starting to …

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – February 2018

(seasonally unadjusted) In February 2018, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 5.6%, which is 0.9 percentage points lower than the rate reported in February 2017, and the same as the previous month (January 2018) when the unemployment rate stood at 5.6%. At 5.6%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted …

Recognizing Our Professionals

This is the second in our series of “milestone” articles we will be publishing throughout 2018 to celebrate 25 years of coordinating, facilitating, and enabling innovative programs and services for the tourism sector. Tourism HR Canada and its partners have proudly developed a professional certification model that is second only to apprenticeship when it comes …

Addressing the Persistent and Critical Shortage of Skilled Labour

On March 7th and 8th, Tourism HR Canada hosted its annual Labour Market Forum, with over 60 representatives from government, business, education, and national, provincial and regional tourism industry associations. The two-day event provided an opportunity to discuss labour market issues for all those with a stake in growing Canada’s tourism sector. Participants shared ideas …