On March 17, 2022, The Government of Canada announced $2.4 million dollars for Cape Breton Island’s Tourism Training Network, a strategic, coordinated, partnership-based research and training response for post-Covid 19 recovery. Using a collaborative model, the Tourism Training Network will address specific workforce needs in support of economic recovery for tourism and related sectors including arts and culture.
Program partners include Cape Breton University’s Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program, our Island’s economic development leaders at the Cape Breton Partnership, and the tourism experts at Destination Cape Breton. In addition, the CBITTN will work with individuals and businesses across Cape Breton Island to develop Cape Breton specific research and training.
The overall goal of the project is to stimulate post-pandemic recovery, build capacity and grow opportunities for Cape Breton Island’s Tourism Sector.
The CBI Tourism Training Network will deliver on a wide range of objectives, these include but are not limited to:
Ensure inclusivity in all development activities.
Work with Mi’kmaq partners to explore, design and implement customized Indigenous tourism training.
Develop a foundation of accessible, timely and credible research which will support decision making by the industry and act as a catalyst in innovation and entrepreneurialism in tourism.
Identify training gaps and needs associated with labour shortages.
Promote education and professional certifications for the tourism industry, including the development of micro-credentials and customized training programs.
For more information on how the CBITTN can help build capacity in your business, organization, or community, please contact Industry Liaison Mary Theresa Jessome.