The five tourism industries in Canada include opportunities in hospitality and tourism, accommodation, food and beverage services, recreation and travel services. Tourism in Ontario is a dynamic, growing sector. Prospects for satisfying employment and career advancement in the hospitality industry have never been better, locally and world-wide.

The Hospitality & Tourism SHSM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Hospitality and Tourism sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, community, university and the workplace.

This Major is Offered at :

Monsignor Doyle | Resurrection | St. Benedict | St. David | St. Mary’s


  • Provided to students FREE of charge, certifications, trainings and workshops led by industry professionals, help students develop their skills and discover more information about their future career.
    • Six certifications/trainings/workshops related to the industry
    • 4 Compulsory, 2 Elective
    • Examples include:  Customer Service, Safe Food Handling, Tourism & Event Coordination, Intro to Hospitality Management, Cooking Techniques, Standard First Aid & CPR‐C, and more!
    • View all certification topics for Hospitality & Tourism SHSM Here


  • A bundle of nine credits in Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits which students earn:


  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) provides students with workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
    • Examples of Hospitality & Tourism Placements:
      Restaurants, Cafe, Catering companies, Hotels, Special Event Venues, Local Attractions.
  • Baker
  • Butcher and Meat Cutter
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Special Events Coordinator


  • Accommodation Service Manager
  • Conference and Event Planner
  • Food Service Supervisor
  • Hotel/Resort Manager
  • Restaurant and Food Service Manager
  • Tourism Information Officer
  • Travel Counselor


  • Dietitian
  • Food Bacteriologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Public and Environmental Health Officer
  • Public Relations and Communications


  • Food and Beverage Server
  • Food Counter Attendant and Kitchen Helper
  • Food Stylist
  • Hotel / Front Desk Clerk
  • Hotel Valet
  • Purser and Flight Attendant
  • Receptionist and Front Desk Clerk
  • Reservation Agent
  • Sales Representative – Wine, Food, Wholesale
  • Ticket Agent
  • Tour and Travel Guide
  • Tourist Information Clerk


Ministry of Education SHSM Website

For more information, speak to the guidance counselor at your school

Students in a Specialist High Skills Major program complete learning activities that are contextualized to the knowledge and skills relevant to the economic sector of the SHSM. Contextualized Learning Activities (CLA’s) enhance your learning in your English, Math, Science and Business classes. They connect your interest in your chosen sector to your learning in these classes.

CLA’s will be delivered by your classroom teacher. It is not additional work to be completed – it may replace the work being done by non-SHSM students or the teacher may choose to have the entire class complete the CLA.