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Tourism satellite account: Human resource module, 2013

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Released: 2015-06-02

The number of jobs in tourism industries was 1.7 million in 2013. These jobs, which include both employee jobs and jobs from self-employment, represented 9.4% of the 18.0 million jobs in Canada.

In 2013, the average work week in the tourism sector was 29.6 hours, compared with 32.8 hours in the total economy.

Average hourly compensation in tourism industries was $20.67. This trailed hourly compensation in the total economy, which was $32.77 in 2013.

The food and beverage services industry was the largest employer, accounting for 55% of all jobs in tourism.

The occupational group, food counter attendants and kitchen helpers, accounted for the largest proportion (17%) of employee jobs in the tourism sector.

Women outnumbered men in the tourism sector in 2013. On average, men employed in tourism industries worked more hours than women, while hourly wages for women trailed those of men.

Young workers (those aged 15 to 24) held more than one-third of all employee jobs in tourism industries, and of these, three-quarters were in food and beverage services.

  Note to readers

The Human Resource Module of the Tourism Satellite Account is funded through a partnership agreement with the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council. It provides timely and reliable statistics on the human resource dimension of tourism. This update includes data for the reference year 2013.

The Human Resource Module provides the total hours worked, compensation and jobs in tourism industries, including jobs that are attributable to demand from both tourists and non-tourists. This is different from the data for tourism jobs in the National Tourism Indicators and the Tourism Satellite Account, which include only those jobs that are directly attributable to demand from tourists.

Employee jobs are defined as jobs for which the employer must complete a Canada Revenue Agency T4 form. Jobs in which workers are paid by tips or commissions are also included.

Jobs from self-employment include jobs performed by working owners of unincorporated enterprises, and members of their households who work without a wage or salary (that is, unpaid family workers).

The System of macroeconomic accounts module, accessible from the Browse by key resource module of our website, features an up-to-date portrait of national and provincial economies and their structure.

Data tables for the 2013 Human Resource Module are available upon request. To obtain these data tables, contact us (

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