Tourism and Hospitality Emergency Recovery

The Tourism & Hospitality Recovery Dashboard tracks key labour market metrics showing the recovery of the tourism sector and the demand for workers within the industry.

The data comes from Future Fit AI, the Labour Force Survey, and customized tabulations of Labour Force Survey data prepared by Statistics Canada for Tourism HR Canada. For more information on the Tourism & Hospitality Emergency Recovery project, visit

  • The most recent Labour Force Survey data reveals that the tourism sector continued to suffer employment loss when compared to the same month in 2019, while many other sectors of the economy were gaining employment on par with 2019 levels.
  • Job vacancies remained high for the accommodation and food services industry in the fall. Typically, job postings numbers for tourism related industries peak in early summer and decline in the fall, therefore, the most recent data includes encouraging signs that tourism businesses were active in hiring more employees continuously into the winter months.
  • The number of active tourism businesses remains steady as of December 2021; however, the impact of the COVID-19 Omicron variant on tourism businesses is yet unknown and will be a key factor in analyzing such trends as newer data become available

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Job Postings by Industry: The total number of posting each month for jobs within the accommodation and food services; and arts, entertainment and recreation sectors.

Job Postings by Occupation:

The total number of postings each month for select tourism related occupations and the number of postings as a percent of the job postings in the previous month and in the month of January 2019.

Change in Postings by Occupation: The percentage increase or decrease in postings for each occupation, compared to the same month in 2019.

Employed Tourism Workers: The total number of workers employed in the tourism sector over the previous 24 months. This tab also shows the percentage change in employment from the same month in 2019 for the entire Canadian economy, the tourism sector, and the tourism sector’s five industry groups.

Active Tourism Businesses: This tab tracks the number of active, closing, and opening tourism businesses in Canada by month.

  • Active businesses are those businesses that reported having one or more employees in a given month.
  • Opening businesses are businesses that transition from having no employees in the previous month to having at least one employee in the current month.
  • Closing businesses are businesses that transition from having at least one employee in the previous month to having no employees in the current month.

Employment by Sector: The change in employed individuals working within each of the sectors that make up the Canadian economy. Data shows the percentages change in employment relative to the same month in 2019.

Job Vacancies: Tracks the total number of vacant positions within the accommodation and food services; and arts, entertainment and recreation sectors. And the vacancy rate for those two sectors. The vacancy rate is the percentage of vacant positions as a percentage of total positions available (both filled and vacant) within a sector.

Labour Force Growth: The seasonally adjusted increase or decrease of individuals who are active in Canada’s labour force, by either being employed, or actively seeking a job.

Source: Future FIT AI 

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, customized tabulations for Tourism HR Canada

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 33-10-0270-01 Experimental estimates for business openings and closures for Canada, provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas, seasonally adjusted

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0355-01 Employment by industry, monthly, seasonally adjusted and unadjusted, and trend-cycle, last 5 months (x 1,000)

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0372-01 Job vacancies, payroll employees, and job vacancy rate by industry sector, monthly, unadjusted for seasonality

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0287-01 Labour force characteristics, monthly, seasonally adjusted and trend-cycle, last 5 months

Tourism & Hospitality Emergency Recovery is led by the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) and funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.

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