The tourism sector can be viewed as being in a state of recovery, despite suffering numerous bumps along the road.
Released in July 2022, Projections of Tourism Employment Demand in Canada, 2019 – 2025 provides initial results from a three-year project to update and enhance the labour supply and demand projections for the tourism sector. Produced by The Conference Board of Canada, the report’s findings are based primarily on job demand stemming from the business perspective (demand side) but also include discussion of some outcomes that arise from labour challenges on the supply side, namely in the form of job vacancies.
Among the key findings:
- Employment in the tourism sector is projected to register more than 1.96 million jobs in 2022, or approximately 94 per cent of pre-pandemic level.
- By 2025, employment in the tourism sector is projected to surpass pre-pandemic levels—growing by 2.5% over 2019’s employment level.
- Tourism’s share of overall employment in Canada in 2025 (10.5%) will fall just shy of its share in 2019 (10.8%).
- While workforce recovery is projected to be uneven across the five tourism industry groups, employment gains in the food and beverage services industry will be a key driver of overall tourism employment growth.