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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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June 10, 2020

Today, Statistics Canada published the Provincial and Territorial Human Resource Module of the Tourism Satellite Account (PTHRM) which provides timely and reliable statistics on the human resource dimension of tourism. Given the unique situation faced by the tourism sector in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada has produced preliminary estimates of the PTHRM, up to the reference year 2018. The PTHRM incorporates data from the 2016 Census as well as the latest Labour Force Survey data. Final estimates, which will also include reference year 2019, will be available in September.

Employment in tourism industry in Nova Scotia increased 8.7 per cent year over year and totalled 47,000 in 2018. Nationally, a total of 1.9 million people were employed in tourism industry, an increase of 1.4 per cent from the previous year. Nova Scotia’s year-over-year tourism employment growth in 2018 was the largest in percentage terms across all provinces.  


Tourism employment accounted for 10.1 per cent of total employment in Nova Scotia. The share of tourism employment in Nova Scotia was higher compared to the national average of 9.9 per cent.


In Nova Scotia, tourism employment was primarily concentrated in the food and beverage services which accounted for 61 per cent of total tourism employment in 2018. Accommodation sector accounted for 13 per cent of total tourism employment while recreation and entertainment sector accounted for 11 per cent. Transportation accounted for 12 per cent of tourism employment.


In Nova Scotia, average weekly hours per employee in tourism industries was 30.7 hours in 2018. This was an increase of 5.2 per cent from the previous year and the largest year over year across all provinces in 2018. Nationally, weekly hours worked per employee in tourism industries averaged 28.9 hours in 2018.


Source: Statistics Canada, Provincial and territorial human resource module of the Tourism Satellite Account, 2018

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