Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – July 2015

July 2015 (seasonally unadjusted)

  • In July 2015, the unemployment rate  in the tourism sector was 5.3%, which was 0.1% lower than the rate reported in 2014 (5.4%), but still lower than the total labour force unemployment rate (7.1%) reported for July 2015.
  • Overall, employment in the Canadian tourism sector increased during the month with all but three provinces showing increases in their respective tourism employment rates.
  • Compared to July 2014, the industry groups to report lower unemployment rates than in the previous year were accommodations, food and beverage services, and transportation.
  • On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 2.9% in Newfoundland to 6.3% in Nova Scotia.
  • The (seasonally unadjusted) unemployment rate in the tourism industries for each province were below the rates 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.

SOURCE: Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey, customized tabulations. Based on data for the week ending July 18, 2015.