Income and Expenditure Accounts Technical Series

    Human Resource Module of the Tourism Satellite Account - A Pilot Study for Ontario

    Scope of study

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    The Human Resources Module (HRM) provides a snapshot of the tourism industries and occupations they comprise as well as insights into trends over time. Analyses can be made on jobs, hours worked and employment earnings starting from 1997. Derived variables, such as number of full-time equivalents, average hourly earnings and average annual hours worked per job can also be examined.

    These key statistics of the HRM can be analyzed according to various characteristics of the jobs (employee or self-employed, full-time or part-time, occupation group) and the characteristics of the persons holding them (gender, age group, immigrant status). Information by occupation is also available. Comparisons can be made to the Canadian System of National Economic Accounts (CSNEA) employment estimates for the overall economy and for selected industries as well as Canadian Tourism Satellite Accounts and National Tourism Indicators aggregates.

    The scope of this study is similar to the most recent national study1 except the data refer to Ontario. The information on the number of jobs, hours worked and employment earnings is presented for the same industry groups2 including for full-time and part-time jobs. The information is also available according to the same characteristics of employees (gender, age group and immigrant status) and similar occupations.

    In particular, the HRM for Ontario provides annual estimates for the years 1997 to 2008. These estimates are based on provincial data from the Canadian Productivity Accounts3, a key input to the HRM, as well as Labour Force Survey data. Census data for 2001 and 2006 are incorporated along with the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 2002 industry classification and National Occupational Classification for Statistics (NOC-S) 2006 occupation classification.


    1. Bisaillon, Monique and Charles Morissette, "Human Resource Module of the Tourism Satellite Account, 2007", Income and Expenditure Accounts Technical Series, Catalogue no.13-604 no. 61, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, May 2009.
    2. For the Ontario pilot, details are not available separately for air transportation and other transportation industry groups. In addition, data is not available for the travel services industry from 1997 to 2002.
    3. See "Labour statistics consistent with the System of National Accounts – 2005 to 2008 (revised)", Canadian Productivity Accounts, Income and Expenditure Accounts Division, Statistics Canada, The Daily, December 11, 2009. Data from the Canadian Productivity Accounts (CPA) are consistent with the CSNEA.
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