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Tourism’s Acute Need for Labour

The tourism sector experienced a summer in which our ability to find workers was more difficult than ever. This was despite restricted demand from tourists, especially international travellers, and unemployment levels that remained above pre-pandemic levels. Many industries within the tourism sector are still waiting for demand to return, but for those that have started …

Where There’s WIL, There’s a Way

By Joe Baker, Tourism HR Canada Board Member The Canadian tourism industry has always relied on the higher education system for talent. Our industry employs students enrolled in a variety of programs as seasonal or part-time staff, and we hire students who have intentionally chosen tourism-related programs trying to build their careers in our sectors. …

Empowering Racialized Individuals to Succeed in Tourism

Tourism HR Canada will soon be launching a new skills development initiative, Destination Inclusion. Coordinated in conjunction with partners World Skills Employment Centre and the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO), this program will offer learning and mentorship opportunities to racialized individuals in communities across Eastern Ontario. Destination Inclusion participants will have free access to …

Summer Employment Rises…but Falls Short

As public health restrictions lifted over the summer months, tourism employment grew significantly. In May, there were 1.55 million employed tourism workers. By August, that number had increased by 341,000, reaching almost 1.9 million employed workers. Despite this, the sector fell well short of the level of employment seen in 2019. August represented the fourth …

Workforce Lifeline for Hardest-Hit Tourism Sector

Launch of Student Work Placement Program for Tourism and Hospitality Will Nurture Talent in Devastated Industry (OTTAWA, ON—August 4, 2021) Tourism HR Canada today announced the launch of a federally funded Student Work Placement Program offering paid work-integrated learning opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector. Called Propel, the new program benefits the full spectrum …

Mind the Gap: Towards a Sustainable Workforce

By Joe Baker, CEO of Joe Baker & Co. and Tourism HR Canada Board Member Originally published by SUSTAIN Magazine If the first step in solving any problem is to recognize one exists, then the Canadian foodservice industry must first acknowledge that we have a workforce sustainability problem. And while this is a complex and …