The Canadian tourism sector

Information and resources for businesses in the tourism sector

On this page, businesses in the tourism sector can find the latest relevant news, financial resources and other useful information to assist them in welcoming Canadian and international visitors.

Visit Statistics Canada to find important data about travel and tourism in Canada and read the SME Profile: Tourism Industries in Canada, 2020 report to gain insight on small and medium-sized enterprises in the sector.

Travelling to and within Canada

To find the most up-to-date travel information from the Government of Canada, including travel health notices, visit For international visitors looking to discover Canada or for Canadians wishing to explore their own big, beautiful backyard, visit the Destination Canada website for travel inspiration.

Public consultation on a new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada conducted a public consultation on the development of a new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy.

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Latest news for tourism businesses

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Date News item
March 22, 2023 The Plains of Abraham Is Proud to Host the Main Stage of the Festival d’été de Québec
March 22, 2023 Advance Declaration now available at Edmonton International Airport: Travellers can submit customs declaration in advance and save time at the airport
March 22, 2023 Government of Canada invests $74 million in the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

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Supports and resources for businesses in the tourism sector

Learn more about supports and resources available to help businesses in the tourism sector improve their products and services to welcome Canadian and international visitors.

Don't know where to start? Canada's regional development agencies (RDA) work closely with businesses in their regions to fuel economic growth. Visit your RDA's web page to find out more about targeted advice and support available. Or fill in an online form to find the right programs and services through the Business Benefits Finder. Indigenous organizations and businesses can now also use the new Indigenous Business Navigator as a single point of contact that connects them to services and programs from different Government of Canada departments.

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Spotlight on Canadian tourism

Canadian tourism businesses showcasing all that our country has to offer

Indigenous tourism

First Nations, Métis and Inuit tourism businesses have a unique opportunity to engage with and teach visitors about their thought-provoking histories and distinct cultures. Canadian and international travellers alike are eager to partake in authentic Indigenous experiences. See how the Government of Canada is investing in Indigenous tourism's long-term, sustainable growth.

Rural and remote tourism

Canadians living in rural and remote areas can unlock the economic potential of tourism to drive growth and job creation in their communities. Now, more than ever, Canada has what the world wants: wide-open spaces, rugged coastlines and unspoiled wilderness. And Canadian tourism businesses are looking to make the most of it. Learn more about the Government of Canada's efforts to support Canadians living and working in rural communities.

LGBTQ2+ tourism

Canada is consistently named a top destination for LGBTQ2+ travellers, thanks to shared values of diversity, equity, inclusion and personal security. Canadian tourism businesses, get inspired and see how Canadian destinations are welcoming this important community.

Francophone tourism

Say bonjour and bienvenue to francophones, francophiles and anyone curious to discover Canada's francophonie from here and abroad! Find out if your tourism business is doing everything possible to attract this target market.

Destination Canada: Guide for small businesses

Rebuilding Traveller Confidence:
The importance of keeping safety top of mind and in plain sight

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This guide for small businesses offers ideas to help restore and cultivate confidence in Canadian travellers by showing that safety is in everyone's best interest. It also includes best-in-class examples of Canadian tourism businesses from coast to coast to coast that have exhibited strong resilience and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism employment

Considering a career in tourism? The Canadian tourism sector is uniquely inclusive, providing opportunities for economic growth and employment in regions across Canada, including to under-represented groups, such as racialized and LGBTQ2+ individuals, youth, women, people with disabilities, new Canadians and Indigenous communities. There is a lot of room for growth and opportunities to shape the future of tourism in Canada.

Visit the Tourism HR Canada website to learn more.


Randy Boissonnault

The Honourable Randy Boissonnault
Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

A message to all Canadians and tourism businesses:

"From coast to coast to coast, there is no other sector as important to our communities as our tourism and hospitality sector. You make possible the memorable experiences that people carry with them for the rest of their lives.

"The visitor economy plays a vital role in creating jobs and opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses which fuels our economic growth. For indigenous tourism owners and operators, these opportunities represent reconciliation in action.

"Your resiliency during the pandemic and your sector's innate capacity to anticipate travel trends to capture the imagination of those who dream of new adventures will be the keys to spring board Canada to a safe world leading destination.

"The good news is that Canada's brand on the global stage is our super weapon. We are known around the world as a friendly, diverse, inclusive and respectful country, and our breathtaking natural wonders are exactly what the world wants. Add in our high vaccination rates and a focus on health and safety, and Canada has a huge advantage.

"As we move forward with relaunching the visitor economy across Canada, we will make sure we lead, engage and inspire Canadians and visitors alike to travel in our country. To do that, we'll focus on the five following pillars:

  1. Adapt to living in COVID-19.
  2. Focus on everyone's safety first, then travel.
  3. Entice corporate and business travellers to stay longer.
  4. Retain workers and showcase tourism's career potential.
  5. Invest in existing and new tourism destinations.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting you every step of the way because we know that the Canadian economy will not recover until our tourism sector recovers."

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