Accommodation and Food Services

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2019-2020):
-16.1%
Job growth (2019-2020):
-32,300
Total employment (2020):
168,300

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • Most employment in this industry occurs in the Mainland / Southwest, Vancouver Island / Coast and Thompson-Okanagan regions.
  • Part-time work is common in this industry.
  • Wages for workers are much lower than the provincial average.
  • The industry is particularly sensitive to tourism activity.

Accommodation businesses provide lodging or short-term housing to travellers and other people who are temporarily away from their usual residence. Examples of accommodation are hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, hostels, industry work camps and recreational “lodgings” such as campgrounds and RV sites.
 
Food service and beverage businesses provide prepared food and beverages that are ordered by customers. Establishments range from full-service restaurants to cafés, fast food outlets, delis, food trucks, caterers and contractors who provide meals to hospitals or airlines. Night clubs, lounges, bars and pubs are also included in this industry.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2020

  Men: 45%
  Women: 55%

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2020

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2015 2020 B.C. average (2020)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2015
39%
2020
42%
B.C. average (2020)
21%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2015
6%
2020
11%
B.C. average (2020)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2015
21%
2020
16%
B.C. average (2020)
11%

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Note:Tips may supplement earnings.

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Note:Tips may supplement earnings.

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Note:Tips may supplement earnings.

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Location of work

Select your region:
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
  % employment of this industry
  % employment of all industries

Vancouver Island / Coast

Mainland / Southwest

Thompson-Okanagan

Kootenay

Cariboo

North Coast & Nechako

Northeast

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2019 2024 2029
Forecasted employment
2019
195,300
2024
210,300
2029
226,700

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2019 - 2024
  • 2024 - 2029

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2019
  • 2024
  • 2029

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

BC Tourism Industry - go2
https://www.go2hr.ca/bc-tourism-industry

British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA)
http://www.bcrfa.com/

Destination BC
http://www.destinationbc.ca/

North American Industry Classification System
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/concepts/industry-industrie-eng.htm

Restaurants Canada
https://www.restaurantscanada.org/

Tourism Industry Association of BC
http://www.tiabc.ca/