Industry Focus: Accommodation and Food Services

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Industry Focus: Accommodation and Food Services

Much of NWPB’s work focuses on the state of the labour force and related indicators throughout Niagara. Given this, NWPB will be featuring monthly blog posts highlighting information about industries in Niagara. The focus for this month is accommodation and food services. Employment data for industries are obtained from the Labour Force Survey, which focuses on the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). As a result, these data do not include Grimsby or West Lincoln. For additional information on employment in Grimsby and West Lincoln please review our municipal snapshot documents.  


Results from the Labour Force Survey indicate that approximately 24,500 individuals residing in Niagara were employed in accommodation and food services throughout 2017. This puts accommodation and food services as the third largest source of employment for Niagara residents.

Figure 1 shows the number of employed individuals in accommodation and food services. The accommodation and food services industry saw an employment increase between 2013 and 2015, and it has remained fairly stable since 2015, but recent slight decreases are evident. Figure 2 shows the percentage of all Niagara residents employed in accommodation and food services. Taking information from both Figures 1 and 2 into context indicates that although there have been recent decreases in the number of individuals reporting employment in accommodation and food services, the contribution of accommodation and food services to total employment has been increasing – albeit very slight increases – between 2015 and 2017.

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Accommodation and Food Services, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas


Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Accommodation and Food Services Represents, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas

While data from the Labour Force Survey report on the number of people living in Niagara who work within a given industry, data from Table 1 provide a count of the number of jobs in Niagara in accommodation and food services. Here, the data are based on the Niagara region and include all 12 local municipalities. Table 1 outlines the number of jobs and average wages per job in accommodation and food services between 2013 and 2017. Overall, the number of jobs between 2013 and 2017 in Niagara increased by 17.5% or 3,788 jobs.

Table 1. Number of Jobs Average Wages per Job in Accommodation and Food Services, 2013-2017, Niagara

Industry 2013 Jobs 2014 Jobs 2015 Jobs 2016 Jobs 2017 Jobs Avg. Wages Per Job
Accommodation and Food Services 21,603 22,063 23,496 24,157 25,391 $18,364

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2018.1, employees


Table 2 dives deeper into accommodation and food services to provide an outline of the most common occupations within the industry.

Table 2. Top 10 Occupations within the Accommodation and Food Services Industry, 2017, Niagara

Description Employed in Industry (2017) % of Total Jobs in Industry (2017) Median Hourly Wages
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 5,139 20.2% $11.34
Cooks 2,704 10.6% $12.30
Food and beverage servers 2,473 9.7% $11.76
Light duty cleaners 2,244 8.8% $13.51
Cashiers 1,686 6.6% $11.40
Maîtres d'hôtel and hosts/hostesses 1,330 5.2% $12.41
Food service supervisors 952 3.8% $12.37
Hotel front desk clerks 889 3.5% $13.74
Bartenders 733 2.9% $11.90
Chefs 714 2.8% $15.52

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2018.1, employees

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