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Accommodation services, 2015

Released: 2017-03-09

Operating revenue for the accommodation services subsector declined 2.3% from 2014 to $18.6 billion in 2015. This was the first decline in the subsector since 2009.

Operating expenses edged up to $16.6 billion, resulting in an operating profit margin of 10.8%, compared with 13.1% in 2014.

Salaries, wages, commissions and benefits remained the largest expense item, accounting for 32.4% of operating expenses, followed by cost of goods sold (15.5%).

The accommodation services subsector is made up of two industry groupings: the hotels, motor hotels and motels industry group and the other accommodation industry group.

Hotels, motor hotels and motels

Operating revenue for the hotels, motor hotels and motels group increased 1.5% in 2015 to $15.1 billion. This group accounted for 81.1% of operating revenue for the entire accommodation services subsector.

Operating revenue increased in every province and territory except Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Nationally, operating expenses for the group grew 4.0% to $13.5 billion in 2015. The operating profit margin decreased from 12.9% in 2014 to 10.7% in 2015.

Other accommodation

The other accommodation group, which includes recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds, bed and breakfast homes, cottages and cabins, and rooming and boarding houses, accounted for the remaining 18.9% of operating revenue for the accommodation services subsector.

Operating revenue for this group decreased 15.8% to $3.5 billion in 2015, while operating expenses decreased 13.1% to $3.1 billion, resulting in an operating profit margin decline from 13.9% in 2014 to 11.2% in 2015.

Alberta, whose economy was affected by the slowdown in the oil and gas industry, accounted for most of this group's decline in total operating revenue. Operating revenue in Alberta decreased 36.2% to $1.2 billion in 2015.

Telling Canada's story in numbers; #ByTheNumbers

In celebration of the country's 150th birthday, Statistics Canada is presenting snapshots from our rich statistical history.

The evolution of accommodation services in Canada

A census of hotels in Canada was first conducted in 1949, evolving over the years into a survey of the broader accommodation services subsector.

In 1975, accommodation services generated $2.6 billion in revenue and engaged 151,541 employees. Forty years later, the industry has grown seven fold in operating revenue, employing 194,298 personnel. In 1975, $0.7 billion was spent on employee salary and wages, compared with $5.4 billion in 2015.

  Note to readers

Data for 2013 and 2014 have been revised.

Data related to 1975 are from the annual publication Traveller Accommodation, 1975, (catalogue no. 63-204).

Data related to 2015 (except number of employees) are from the 2015 Accommodation Services Survey (survey number 2418).

Number of employees related to 2015 are from Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours, CANSIM table 281-0024.

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