Program Overview

Destination Employment

The Destination Employment program helps newcomers gain meaningful employment in Canadian hotels, giving them the experience they need to build a successful future in Canada.


This initiative is a win-win for both hoteliers and newcomers. Hoteliers are faced with an existing problem filling the job vacancies they already have, and newcomers need opportunities to find employment once they settle in Canada.


In addition, the program is a win for the Government of Canada as it provides a new approach to help integrate newcomers (including refugees) and creates an opportunity for them to obtain their first Canadian workplace experience. The program may also be replicated in other areas of the tourism sector or in other sectors of the economy looking for labour.

Getting Started

Become an Employer

  • Is your accommodation business struggling to recruit employees?
  • Are you interested in hiring newcomers to Canada to help address your challenges and objectives?
  • Is your workplace a welcoming environment that supports inclusion and diversity?
  • Are you willing to accommodate the personal and professional development of your staff?
  • Are you committed to superior human resource practices?

Employers should be willing to:

  • hire program participants in permanent (or recurring seasonal) positions
  • commit the time and support of a designated staff member to mentor program participants
  • document and explain how hiring newcomers to Canada will help address their business challenges and objectives
  • work with existing community organizations, partners and services to support newcomers to Canada with other settlement needs that may arise
  • participate in program evaluation activities, as required
  • provide program participants with wages and benefits that are commensurate with the demands of their employment, based on Canadian standards
  • provide flexibility for training, as required
Getting Started

Join the Hotel Industry

To be eligible for this program, you must reside in Canada and are either:

  • A permanent resident of Canada (with PR card or conformation of permanent residence letter)



  •  A Protected Person and/or Convention refugee with a valid work permit
Innovative Pilot Project

Regional Delivery Partners

The Yukon Tourism Education Council facilitates and co-ordinates development initiatives and activities in order to support the Northern labour force. These activities include the administering of emerit – National Professional Certification and the delivery of settlement, integration, language, and foreign qualification recognition services.

Suzanne Blackjack



The Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association is a trusted industry leader and advisor for hotels and lodging in Alberta, helping to build Canada’s tourism and hospitality industry.


Zainub Siddiqui
Human Resource Development Coordinator
Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association
Tel: 780.436.6112



Tourism Saskatchewan is a Treasury Board Crown Corporation responsible for developing and promoting tourism in Saskatchewan. Our mandate includes marketing, visitor services, education and training, and product and industry development.






Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC) provides human resource products and services that enable Saskatchewan employers to maintain a highly qualified, professional workforce.


Carol Lumb
Workforce Development Consultant
Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC)
Tel: 306-933-7466



The Ontario Tourism Education Corporation is a leader in Hospitality and Customer Service Training and Community Workforce Development, OTEC is an independent, not-for-profit Training, Consulting, and Workforce Development organization that delivers innovative, high quality solutions for the development and growth of a professional, skilled workforce.


Pinar Uzunkaya
(416) 622-1975 ex. 240 / (1-800) 557-6832



The Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council (NSTHRC) is a provincial sector council that promotes and enhances professionalism in the Nova Scotia tourism sector.  The mission of the Council is to develop a skilled and professional workforce for the Nova Scotia Tourism Industry.


Jill Hyndman





The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) works closely with partner associations and stakeholders to enable the development of the tourism industry at the regional, provincial, and national levels.



To Report Concerns About the Program:


Phone: 613-231-6949 x 246