Tourism is everywhere. And whether you’re looking for short-term income, a flexible job opportunity or a rewarding career, you’ll find an opportunity that’s right for you in one of the fastest growing industries!
While tourism has always been a friendly gateway to the world of work, the industry also offers lifelong career opportunities in challenging, interesting, fast-paced occupations that require employees with a wide variety of skills and capabilities.
There are 1.66 million people employed in tourism-related occupations in Canada, and that number is projected to hit 1.95 million by 2015.
The Canadian Tourism HR Council (CTHRC) is a national organization that facilitates and coordinates human resources development activities which support a competitive and sustainable Canadian tourism sector. The Council conducts labour market research (http://cthrc.ca/en), offers training and recognition under the emerit tourism training brand (www.emerit.ca), and promotes the advantages of working in the sector through Discover Tourism (http://www.discovertourism.ca/). This program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program.
- The Tourism sector includes accommodation, food and beverage services, transportation, recreation and entertainment, and travel services. Established in 1993, the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) addresses labour market issues and promotes professionalism in the Canadian tourism sector. The CTHRC website provides numerous resources including:
- More than 50 job descriptions (National Occupational Standards) and profiles
- Online and paper-based training tools through emerit.ca at a reasonable cost
- Professional Recognition and Certification programs (Tourism Certified Professional, Tourism Certified Supervisor/Manager)
- Link to BC Tourism Job Board: http://www.go2hr.ca/jobboard— a tourism job posting site that allows you to set up a profile, search job boards and permit employers to browse your resume.
- Visit discovertourism.ca— to learn about tourism myths and facts, training, career paths …and much more!
Types of Powell River Businesses in this Sector:
- Ferries/Water Taxis
- Travel Agencies
- Movie Theatres
- Regular and Mini-Golf
- Discover Tourism (http://discovertourism.ca/en)
- Go2 (http://www.go2hr.ca/) Since 1979, go2 has served BC’s tourism and hospitality industry with programs and services that support its growth and success. Formerly known as the Hospitality Industry Education Advisory Committee (HIEAC), the organization was re-branded as go2 in 2003, in conjunction with an expanded mandate to coordinate the BC Tourism HR Action Plan. This Action Plan was updated in 2012 and is now known as the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy. Following are some of the ways go2 is helping the tourism industry address its labour market challenges:
- Tourism Career Awareness
- Research and HR Planning
- Compensation Survey
- Promoting Best HR Practices
- Industry Training Initiatives
- Industry Health & Safety
- Foreign and Internationally Trained Workers
Other Helpful Links
- Canadian Tourism Sector Compensation Study (2010)
- Discover Powell River
- Experience British Columbia: http://www.hellobc.com/?CC=CA
- Outdoor Recreation Council of BC: http://www.orcbc.ca/pub_list.htm
- Current reports on tourism, by region http://www.destinationbc.ca/Research/Research-by-Region.aspx