Income and Expenditure Accounts Technical Series

    Human Resource Module of the Tourism Satellite Account, 2011


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    Estimates for jobs, hours worked, and compensation have been revised for the period 1997 to 2010. These revisions bring the data into line with benchmark source data from the Canadian Productivity Accounts (CPA) published in December 2011. The purpose of this section is to outline and explain the main revisions.

    The CPA were revised since the last Human Resource Module (HRM), due in part to changes to the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS was re-based from the 2001 Census of Population to the 2006 Census.1

    The number of jobs, number of hours worked, and total compensation for the tourism sector have changed for the period 1997 to 2010. The average revision in jobs per year was an increase of 6,000 (+0.4%). The revisions were greater in recent years, averaging an additional 30,000 jobs per year from 2007 to 2010.

    For 2010, the largest revision of jobs by industry was in food and beverage services (+24,000 jobs). The largest downward revision was in accommodation (-9,000 jobs). Within the transportation industry, the number of jobs in air transportation was revised downward by 7,000; this was balanced by an upward revision of 8,000 jobs in other transportation industries.

    Revisions in hours worked in tourism industries were similar in proportion to revisions to jobs, resulting in negligible changes to average hours worked throughout the reference period. Revisions to compensation were also negligible for the period 1997 to 2008. For 2009 and 2010, however, compensation was revised significantly. Total compensation for 2010 was revised downward by $1.2 billion (-2.6%).

    As a result of the downward revisions to total compensation in 2009 and 2010, as well as upward revisions to hours worked in 2007 and 2008, hourly compensation in tourism industries was revised downward by an average of 59 cents for the period 2007 to 2010. Hourly compensation for the period 1997 to 2006 was less affected, with an average downward revision of 5 cents.


    1. See Statistics Canada 2011b.
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