Labour Shortage in Canada’s Tourism Industry
What's cooking in Canada's tourism industry?
Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council and the Conference Board of Canada forecast a rise in spending by domestic and foreign visitors in Canada from $63.2 billion in 2006 to $103 billion in 2025, a potential increase of 63 per cent.
In addition, it is estimated that spending on tourism goods and services generated by non-tourism activities could grow from $88.9 billion in 2006 to $134.4 billion in 2025, a potential gain of 51 per cent.
Without a corresponding increase in competent and skilled labor, Canada’s burgeoning tourism industry could suffer. The strong growth of tourism is expected to need up to 2.21 million jobs in 2025 with the food and beverage services showing the largest increase in labour demand.
Yet, “falling fertility rates, longer life spans, and the aging of the baby-boom generation will all contribute to the aging of Canada’s population, which will limit labour force growth. And, although immigration rates are rising, Canada’s focus on highly-skilled immigrants is unlikely to fill the gap in tourism jobs.”
Cooks and chefs represent one of the most critical occupations in the food and beverage services sector. Immigrant Visa Center has received requests from hotel and restaurant establishments Canada for information on the availability of qualified cooks in the Philippines – especially those who have had experience overseas.
Cooks and chefs are included in Canada's priority occupations list and qualified applicants may get their permanent residency (including family members) in 6-10 months, especially with arranged employment offer. Yet the visa allocation for chefs and cooks have never been met in the last 3 years that permanent residency option for these occupation under the Federal Skilled Worker program was offered. Given the volatile situation in the Middle East and the restrictions on permanent residency for foreign workers in Singapore, Canada has emerged as an attractive alternative for cooks and chefs to start a new life as green card holders in Canada instead of becoming "permanent temporary contract workers in the Middle East and Asia."
IVC President Crispin Aranda is currently in Vancouver, British Columbia. Labor Attache Bernardino B. Julve confirms the continued and increasing need for qualified and experienced skill worker in Canada, not only in British Columbia but also in Alberta, a resource-rich province.
For more info on permanent residency options for cooks, chefs call (02) 634-8717.