Hospitality and Tourism

The tourism industry presents many advantages for employees because it offers a selection of well over 400 occupations. Tourism jobs also tend to provide plenty of opportunities for advancement, widely transferable skills, and ongoing training.

The SHSM–Hospitality and Tourism enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, this SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on tourism or hospitality.

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Baker Accommodation Service Manager
Butcher & Meat Cutter Conference & Event Planner
Chef Food Service
Cook Hotel/Resort Manager
Special Events Coordinator Restaurant & Food Service Manager
Tourism Information Officer
Travel Counselor
University Workplace
Dietician Executive Housekeeper
Food Bacteriologist Food & Beverage Server
Nutritionist Food Counter Attendant & Kitchen Helper
Public & Environmental Health Officer Food Stylist
Public Relations & Communications Hotel/Front Desk Clerk
Hotel Valet
Purser & Flight Attendant
Receptionist & Front Desk Clerk
Reservation Agent
Sales Representative – Wine, Food, Wholesale
Ticket Agent
Tour & Travel Guide
Tourist Information Clerk
Did You Know?

In 2010, over 1.6 million full-year jobs were required to meet the demand for tourism goods and services. The projections for future spending suggest that, by 2030, demand for labour in the sector will grow to 2.1 million jobs, an increase of 33%.

- Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council, 2012

Required Components for the Hositality & Tourism Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of nine grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
    • Four hospitality & tourism major credits
    • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics and a choice of business studies or science
    • Two cooperative education credits tied to the sector
  • Seven sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (five compulsory and a choice of two electives)
  • Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  • Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans
  • Completion of Sector Partnered Contextualized Experience (SPCE) in ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship), mathematical literacy or coding

Hospitality & Tourism Pathways Charts

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Four Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C - includes automated external defibrillation (AED) Customer service Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Standard First Aid
Three electives from the list below
Advanced training in a technique (e.g., paddling) Cash handling and register training Compass/map/global positioning system (GPS> Cook/line cook
Event coordination Fire safety and fire extinguisher use Fishing guide Food Handler Certification
Geographic Information System (GIS) Guest services Heritage interpreter Houskeeping services
Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Introduction to hospitality management Leadership skills Life-saving (Bronze Cross or higher)
Porftolio development Project management Safe food handling - Basic Smart Serve
Spa etiqutte Spa Service Ticket agent Tour guide
Tourism - basic Wilderness first aid Wilderness survival

Notice: elective certification & training offerings vary between schools

Bundle of Grade 11 & 12 Credits

SHSM Credits
Apprenticeship College University Workplace
Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12
Hospitality & Tourism Major (may include maximum of 1 Cooperative Education credit) 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr.
English 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Math 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Business Studies or Science or Additional Cooperative Education Credit 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Cooperative Education 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr.
Total Number of Credits 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr.