Conference Board of Canada

In the coming months, more than 1.3 million jobs in the accommodation and food services sector will be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada. This represents approximately 7 per cent of all Canadian jobs. However, the economic impact on the sector will be felt unevenly across the country because economic regions are specialized in different industries.

Unlike other sectors of the economy, the lost demand for the accommodation and food services sector is largely irrecoverable. For example, manufactured goods can be inventoried for a future purchase, but empty hotel rooms or meals not served cannot be repurposed for later use.

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