Typically, the industry provides 15,000 to 17,000 full-time, part-time, seasonal, and year-round jobs. According to Tourism HR Canada, in May 2022 PEI had 7,800 full-time and part-time employees working in Tourism.
According to the TIAPEI Workforce Action Plan from May 2022, looking over the horizon, tourism employment projections are very healthy, pointing to enormous gains in job opportunities by 2026, led by restaurants, conferences, and other hospitality businesses.
Categories of work include:
Accommodations: Housekeeping, front desk, general managers, and supervisors.
Food & Beverage Services: Servers, bartenders, line cooks, chefs, kitchen staff, front end workers, supervisors and managers
Travel Services: Visitor information counsellors and tour guides
Transportation: Ferry boat captains, airport, taxi drivers, and motor coach drivers
Recreation & Entertainment: Golf courses, bike rentals, outdoor adventures, and cultural events.
According to Tourism HR Canada, the Food and Beverage Services industry is the largest employer among tourism businesses, accounting for over 55 percent of tourism jobs in Canada.
Labour Force Survey data released for May 2022 reveals that, at 2,010,000 workers, Canada’s tourism labour force increased by 4.6% (88,400 workers) from last month and has seen a significant gain from May 2021—up 16.8% (or 288,600) from 1,721,400.
While this is a very positive sign for the recovery of tourism’s labour force, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic persist as the tourism labour force remains 203,000 workers short of the sizeable pre-pandemic total of 2,213,000 from May 2019.
PEI Tourism news you can use:
For more information about jobs on PEI, training options, and more, visit:
Choose Tourism: www.choosetourism.ca
Work PEI: www.workpei.ca
Tourism Industry Association of PEI: www.tiapei.pe.ca
Training and certification programs for most tourism jobs: www.emerit.ca
More information about training, jobs, and videos: www.discovertourism.ca