Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – January 2015

January 2015 (seasonally unadjusted)

  • In January 2015, the unemployment rate  in the tourism sector was 6.4%, which was 0.2% lower than the rate reported in 2014 (6.6%).
  • Unemployment in the Canadian tourism sector overall increased during the month with Prince Edward Island (3.1%) and Manitoba (2.5%) having the most significant increase in unemployment.
  • Compared to January 2014, the food & beverage services, recreation & entertainment, and transportation industry groups recorded lower unemployment rates.
  • On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 3% in Saskatchewan to 22.1% in Prince Edward Island.
  • With the exception of Prince Edward Island, the (seasonally unadjusted) unemployment rate in tourism industries was below or similar to the rate reported for the provincial economy overall.


1To determine unemployment rates, industrial (NAICS) classifications are based on the most recent job held within the past year, and are self-identified by the respondent. Unemployed persons are those who, during the reference period, were available for work but were: on temporary layoff; were without work; or were to start a new job within four weeks.

2As defined by the Canadian Tourism Satellite Account. The NAICS industries included in the tourism sector are those that would cease to exist or operate at a significantly reduced level of activity as a direct result of an absence of tourism.