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Ruffling Feathers: Requests to Travel with Support Animals Increasing

Emotional support animals have garnered international press coverage in recent weeks. First, United Airlines denied one woman’s request to fly with her peacock. Then, another woman reported to the Miami Herald that not only was she unable to bring her hamster on board a flight, an airline representative, upon hearing she would be unable to …

Key Labour Market Initiatives Receive Federal Funding

Tourism HR Canada is pleased to announce it has received funding for several exciting labour market research initiatives over the next three years. Thanks to the generosity of Employment and Social Development Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program, Tourism HR Canada will undertake the research necessary to help minimize labour and skills imbalances and shortages, and ensure …

Impact of Increased Immigration on Tourism Workforce Shortages

In 2016, the government of Canada set a 2017 immigration intake target of 300,000; on November 1st, 2017, it announced even higher targets for 2018-2020. These will see the yearly intake of immigrants rise to 0.9% of the Canadian population by 2020. Tourism HR Canada’s original projections for tourism job shortages used the historical intake …

Help Shape the Sector: Join Our National Advisory Council

In June 2017, Tourism HR Canada (THRC) restructured its Board and governance model, creating an Advisory Council—a separate body to provide guidance on hot-button issues and other relevant initiatives facing the tourism sector nationally. Core to the Advisory Council’s mandate: facilitate, coordinate, and enable discussion on tourism labour market issues. This newly formed Council will …

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – January 2018

(seasonally unadjusted) In January 2018, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was 5.6%, which is 0.5 percentage points lower than the rate reported in January 2017, and higher than the previous month (December 2017), when the unemployment rate stood at 5.0%. At 5.6%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate …

Turbulence Ahead: Tough Business Conditions Await Tourism Operators This Summer

Tourism HR Canada is predicting a summer with a high demand for tourism, but also one that will be fraught with labour difficulties for tourism operators. In the final month of 2017, Canada’s jobless rate added 79,000 positions and sank to its lowest level in four decades. At 5.7%, the unemployment rate is now below …