Tourism is a massive — and growing — industry in Canada. Last year, a record 22 million people visited Canada from around the world. Around one in 11 Canadians worked in the tourism industry, also the number one employer of Canadian youth. Tourism represented 2 percent of the country’s GDP.
Then 2020 came, and things changed — quickly. As borders closed and temporary shutdowns discouraged domestic travel, the tourism industry effectively grinded to a halt. The industry lost 881,700 jobs between February and April. While tourism employs around 10 percent of Canadians, it accounted for
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