The Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) is Ontario’s tourism and hospitality workforce development organization.
This not-for-profit organization delivers award-winning skills training, consulting, research and insight – guiding workforce strategy and evidence-based investment. OTEC provides a diverse portfolio of customized, sector-specific workforce solutions designed to ensure organizations achieve the highest standards of service and performance objectives – including customer service and leadership training, up skilling and reskilling, professional certifications, HR technology, and consulting services for a wide range of businesses and destinations.
Skills and labour challenges are among the most pressing issues faced by the tourism and hospitality industry. To address this issue, OTEC directs tourism and hospitality workforce development efforts across the province. In this capacity, OTEC leads Tourism SkillsNet Ontario – an award-winning alliance of industry partners comprised of more than 120 organizations and 12 regions across Ontario – working collaboratively to align provincial workforce strategy with local industry-specific regional labour challenges. The first of its kind in Canada, Tourism SkillsNet Ontario leverages provincial collaboration and investment to tackle skills, labour and strategic challenges at the local level, offering customized solutions to address these challenges and to build an empowered, resilient and thriving industry.
To provide thought leadership and dynamic execution to build skills, capacity, and competitiveness throughout the workforce life cycle.
To connect and guide industry and community partners through research, technology, skills development and strategic opportunities to foster a thriving and sustainable Tourism & Hospitality sector.
OTEC is the strategic lead in Tourism & Hospitality workforce development. We are connecting, impacting and engaging people, organizations and destinations today and for the future.
Our Service Vision
Above and Beyond.
To connect people and strengthen communities.