March 2009 Issue

Canada's Tourism Labour Market in the Current Economic Climate

Economic Climate HR Times March 2009

Fostering its mandate to provide accurate, timely labour market information to the tourism sector, the CTHRC has been closely monitoring the impact of the economic crisis on the tourism labour force.

The most current CTHRC research indicates there is no evidence yet of a decline in employment levels within the overall Canadian tourism sector. In many regions of the country, the sector has been affected by a labour shortage. Due to a diminishing labour pool, employers have previously been unable to fill positions created by retiring workers and a rising demand for tourism products.

Since the downturn in the economy began, the pool of potential labour talent available to tourism employers has increased. Many employers are now receiving resumes for vacancies that had no applicants a year ago. Tourism employers in previously tight labour markets are seeing a return to more normal business operations. Nationally, most employers in the sector are not yet markedly concerned about the state of the Canadian tourism economy. Significant regional variations exist, however.  continue...

CTHRC Announces Olympic Champion Nancy Greene Raine as Its Spokesperson 

New CTHRC Spokesperson HR Times March 2009

Olympic Champion Nancy Greene Raine is the CTHRC’s new spokesperson, supporting the Council in promoting tourism careers and first-rate HR practices.

Ms. Greene Raine was named Canada's female athlete of the 20th century for her triumphant ski career and her continued contributions to the sport. She won gold and silver medals at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics and overall World Cup titles in 1967 and 1968. She holds a Canadian record total 13 World Cup victories and won 17 Canadian Championship titles.

In partnership with her husband, Al Raine, she played a pivotal role in the development and promotion of ski tourism in British Columbia, greatly contributing to the growth of the Whistler Resort, and later Sun Peaks Resort.  continue...

CTHRC Awards Tourism’s Human Resource Leaders 

HR Award Winners HR Times March 2009In recent months, CTHRC has had the honour of awarding two industry leaders for raising the bar on human resource development: Mr. Pickwick’s Seafood Bistro of Vancouver, and Cambridge Suites Hotel of Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Mr. Pickwick’s took home the top prize for human resource development at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit. This annual award recognizes businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to professionalism in the Canadian tourism workforce through professional recognition, training, and excellence in human resource management.  continue...

CATT Scholarship Winners 

CATT Scholarship Winners HR Times March 2009Each year, the Canadian Academy of Travel and Tourism (CATT), together with independent contributor Esther Lee and BC sponsor go2, awards up to five scholarships to graduating CATT students who wish to pursue post-secondary tourism studies. These scholarships encourage further education and skills development and provide tourism’s next generation with assistance to achieve success in the sector.

Jameson Bosomworth, a graduate of Highland Secondary School in Comox, BC, won a scholarship in 2007, and Brianna Deveau, a graduate of West Kings District High School in Auburn, Nova Scotia, won in 2008. Jameson is currently finishing his second year in Tourism and Hospitality Management at North Island College in BC. Brianna is in her first year of the Tourism Management Program at Nova Scotia Community College, specializing in Ecotourism.  continue...