Labour Productivity in the Canadian Tourism Sector (2010)

This study uses a number of indicators to calculate labour productivity for the tourism sector and, in turn, to determine to what extent demographic characteristics of the labour force affect labour productivity.

The authors found that labour productivity increases with the ratio of capital to labour; the proportion of part-time hours; the share of hours supplied by women; the proportion of immigrant workers; and by the proportion of the most experienced workers.

There are substantial differences in the level of labour productivity across industries. Transportation, which has highest capital labour ratio, also has the highest labour productivity.

A separate study of the combined accommodation and food and beverage services industry, based on provincial data over a 10-year period, found significant differences in labour productivity between provinces. It also found a positive relationship between labour productivity and investment in information and communications technology; public investment per capita; and human capital.

The study is published by the University of Guelph and the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC). For more information about the CTHRC, please click here:

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