Fact Sheet: Tourism Sector

Tourism is defined as the activities of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for purposes other than those related to activities remunerated from within the place visited. It includes travel for business, leisure and other personal reasons, such as visiting friends and relatives, religious purposes or medical treatment.

Tourism exports are receipts earned from expenditures by international visitors to Canada.

Statistics for 2013

  • Percent of GDP:1.3%
  • Direct employment in Canada: 488,700 jobs
  • Exports: $13 billion

Source: Statistics Canada

Key Markets

Australia, European Union, Japan, South Korea, United States