Travel and Tourism Industry in Canada - Statistics & Facts

Possessing the second largest land mass in the world (behind only Russia), Canada’s vast and mostly untouched landscape—together with its unique blend of culture and diversity—makes it one of the world’s major tourist destination. Canada’s famed historic sites and national parks are major drivers of the travel and tourism industry, which makes up a significant part of the country's economy. In 2015, travel and tourism generated around 640,000 jobs across Canada and contributed over 127.3 billion Canadian dollars to Canada's GDP.


Around 21.2 billion Canadian dollars in travel-related expenses was spent by foreign visitors to Canada in 2015. These included expenditures related to business, education, healthcare, as well as for personal reasons. Canada is renowned for its free and universal single-payer health care system, and spending for health related reasons by visitors to Canada amounted to about 161 million Canadian dollars in 2015. But by far the most amount of money is generated from personal travel expenses of foreign visitors, which amounted to around 18.1 billion Canadian dollars in 2015.

Much of the tourism in Canada is centered on its five major metropolitan areas: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa. The province of Ontario— home of the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and the most populous city in Canada, Toronto—receives the highest amount of foreign visitors. The United States is the leading source of foreign visitors to Canada, with over 22 million U.S. citizens visiting Canada in 2015.

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