The Facts

  • Cruise related activity in Canada generates substantial economic growth.  
  • During the 2019 cruise season, Canadian ports received more than 3 million passengers on hundreds of cruise calls. 

The Figures

  • Direct spending by cruise lines in Canada totaled $1.99 billion in 2019, including items such as goods and services necessary for cruise operations, shore-side staffing, port fees & services, equipment, and advertising & promotion a 36% over 2016.
  • Direct spending by cruise passengers – including lodging, tours & transportation, food & beverage, and retail – totaled just nearly $780 million dollars in 2019, a 55% increase since 2016.
  • The number of jobs generated by the industry in Canada – direct and indirect – is estimated at just over 30,000 a 32% increase over 2016, paying $1.4 billion in salaries and wages a 44% increase over 2016.

Economic Benefits to the Canadian Economy

  • Spending by cruise passengers and crew:
    • shore excursions
    • restaurants
    • retail goods
    • travel to and from the port
    • hotels and entertainment before and after the voyage
  • Spending by the cruise lines to maintain cruise operations:
    • food and beverage
    • port services
    • fuel
    • vessel maintenance and repair 
  • Shore-side benefits:
    • local employment
    • land transportation for passengers and crew
    • supporting local tourism