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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 …

Strategic Community Partnerships: The Foundation to Revitalizing Tourism

Tourism’s revival and growth depends on the ability of tourism businesses to engage in community-led strategies. In many communities, tourism businesses are the main economic driver and a significant job creator. Tourism businesses often take on a leadership role in their community, helping harness resources to create a destination that is ready and willing to …

Tourism Employment Remains 25% Lower Despite May Gains

Despite ongoing public health restrictions that limited tourism businesses’ ability to operate, the sector gained employment in May, adding 45,800 workers. Gains in full-time employment were offset to a degree by declines in part-time employment. The seasonally adjusted Labour Force Survey data for May shows employment across all industries decreased by 68,000. However, the unadjusted …

A Blueprint for Workforce Recovery

Workforce in Disarray COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to the tourism labour market, much greater than the economy overall. Many workers are not going to return to jobs once they are restored, causing some of the greatest labour shortages ever seen and hampering recovery. The reasons for this are complex and solutions or ways to …