Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – March 2015

March 2015 (seasonally unadjusted)

  • In March 2015, the unemployment rate in the tourism sector was 6.4%, which was 0.6% higher than the rate reported in 2014 (5.8%), but still lower than the total labour force unemployment rate (7.4%).
  • Employment in the Canadian tourism sector stayed the same during the month with British Columbia (-3%) and Alberta (-2%) having the most significant decrease in unemployment.
  • Compared to March 2014, the accommodations, recreation & entertainment, and transportation industry groups recorded lower unemployment rates.
  • On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 2% in Alberta to 20% in Prince Edward Island.
  • With the exception of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Manitoba, 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.