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Frederic is professor and director, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University. His research interests include tourism marketing and destination competitiveness. He is a board member of the TTRA Canada chapter.

Calum is Vice President, Labour Market Intelligence, at Tourism HR Canada, a national organization that works to identify and address labour market issues in the Canadian tourism sector. He leads all research-based activities focusing on labour market trends and issues. He is a Board member of of the TTRA Canada chapter.

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Canada has relied on a steady flow of immigrants throughout its modern existence, and that influx keeps growing. According to Tourism HR Canada, the increase in tourism demand leads to new jobs being created, especially in metropolitan areas. However, the current Canadian population is not able to fill the demand, and immigrants as a source of labor will become increasingly needed in the tourism and hospitality sector. The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the importance of immigration on the Canadian labor tourism market and its role in the tourism sector. Labor challenges are a threat to the destination competitiveness. This study relies on secondary data that were collected by Stats Canada. Increased immigration has a mitigating impact on shortages. Evidence strongly supports that immigration may be one of the major determinants to the successful growth of Canada’s tourism.

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Immigration and labor in tourism: The case of Canada

Canada has relied on a steady flow of immigrants throughout its modern existence, and that influx keeps growing. According to Tourism HR Canada, the increase in tourism demand leads to new jobs being created, especially in metropolitan areas. However, the current Canadian population is not able to fill the demand, and immigrants as a source of labor will become increasingly needed in the tourism and hospitality sector. The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the importance of immigration on the Canadian labor tourism market and its role in the tourism sector. Labor challenges are a threat to the destination competitiveness. This study relies on secondary data that were collected by Stats Canada. Increased immigration has a mitigating impact on shortages. Evidence strongly supports that immigration may be one of the major determinants to the successful growth of Canada’s tourism.