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ORHMA COVID-19 RESOURCES

DineSafe.ca
Our new DineSafe.ca platform is a catalogue of best practices to help guide your safe and successful reopening. Developed by the industry for the industry because we are in this together!

HELPING EVERY RESTAURANT OPEN SAFELY VIDEO:



Proof Of Vaccination FAQ Guide:
 
        

We continue and remain diligent in assisting you with your enquiries while remaining on the frontlines advocating for our sector. Our operations have all been impacted by COVID-19. The constant new and updated rules and regulations have caused operational confusion and we continue to receive, and welcome, your questions. We remain committed in getting you answers.We hope that this compilation of industry questions and answers will assist you as we maneuver through this pandemic. We encourage you to share this within your operations and departments to assist you with some of the answers to the long list of questions that we as an industry have.



INDUSTRY NEWS  
Effective Wednesday January 5, 2022, the province will be entering into a modified Step-2 of the Roadmap to Reopen for at least 21 days. New measures included in the modified Step -2 include the closure of many indoor settings including indoor dining, meeting & event spaces, limited social gatherings, casinos, sport & recreational facilities and more. Read more.

Following the announcement that the province will enter a modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen, which placed a number of stricter COVID-19 health restrictions, the province has announced enhanced business support by expanding the rebates for property tax and energy costs from up to 50% to up to 100% depending on the degree to which the business is subject to public health restrictions. Learn more.

 
The Government of Canada Launches Applications for Expanded Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit 
On December 22, 2021, the Government of Canada announced that it would be expanding eligibility for the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (WLB). The expanded access to CWLB is now in effect and Canadians in designated regions affected by lockdowns or qualifying capacity restrictions can apply for the benefit.  Read more.  

 
Minimum Wage Increased to $15 per hour on January 1
The Ontario government has raised the general minimum wage to $15 per hour as of January 1, 2022. This new, higher general minimum wage is expanded to now include bartenders and alcohol servers and the liquor server wage is eliminated. Continue reading...

What do restaurants think of Ontario's minimum wage increase? 

Watch Tony Elenis, President & CEO of ORHMA on CBC News 


Ontario Government Extends Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) 
The Ontario government has extended the temporary changes to the Employment Standards Act that prevent temporary layoffs of non-unionized employees from becoming permanent terminations. This measure will now be extended until July 30, 2022.  
ORHMA, in collaboration with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), recently called on the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development, urging them to defer this layoff recall deadline for hard-hit hospitality and tourism sectors in order to protect jobs, the financial solvency of operators and to rebuild the vibrant made-in-Ontario tourism and hospitality experiences. Learn more. 


Introducing the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit
The government is proposing a new, temporary Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for the 2022 tax year. This Personal Income Tax (PIT) credit would provide Ontario residents with support of 20 per cent of eligible 2022 accommodation expenses of up to $1,000 for an individual and $2,000 for a family, for a maximum credit of $200 or $400, respectively. Continue reading...


Industry Outraged by Liquor Server Wage Elimination
The provincial government announced that a bill will be introduced to increase minimum wage to $15 per hour. The announcement included the proposed elimination of the liquor server wage which has arrived with shock and disbelief. Continue reading...



With the wage subsidy, rent subsidy and Lockdown Support expiring on October 23, 2021, the government is proposing to provide tourism and hospitality businesses with support until November 20, 2021 under two new programs Read more



Verify Ontario App - What You Need To Know
The information in this FAQ document will assist with answering questions you may have around the Ontario app, Verify Ontario. Download document here To download posters for your business, proof of vaccination and for more information on the Verify Ontario app click here To view a You Tube video of how the app works click here.



Prior to COVID-19, the workforce issue was the number one concern for hospitality. COVID-19 has now created a much greater need with critical worries. The recovery journey is beginning with hotels and restaurants facing challenges on meeting proper employee levels.  Download Workforce Guide Here



GET A GRIP ON RISING FOOD PRICES

We understand that these are difficult times and how busy and complicated things are. It is for these reasons, more than ever that we want you to take a moment to reflect and get a better handle on your food costs.  You, our member, challenged us to find a way to save you even more money and our new partnership with Foodbuy Canada will do just that. Foodbuy is North America’s largest procurement services company using over $2B in Canadian purchasing power to leverage over 400 contracted suppliers giving our members access to over 35,000 rebatable SKUs. Foodbuy is the procurement sector of Compass Group and hold tremendous purchase volume that enables them to deliver unmatched cost savings. Foodbuy is much more than a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), Foodbuy will help realize savings and efficiencies by collecting purchasing volume and using that leverage to negotiate discounts with manufacturers, distributors and other vendors. All this with monthly rebates to help with your cash flow.  Continue reading... 



Key COVID-19 Protocols to Remember

ORHMA has been in touch with several public health units who have expressed concerns about a lack adherence to mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols in the workplace. We want to remind our industry that we are NOT out of the woods yet and we need to do what we can to avoid another lockdown and to keep your doors open.

  • Masks: Face coverings are required to be worn by members of the public and workers in indoor public places and workplaces, with limited exceptions.  If dining at a restaurant, masks can be removed once a patron is seated.

  • Eye Protection: Businesses are required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that provides protection of the eyes, nose, and mouth, if a worker is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering and not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.   (Example: A server who comes within 6 feet of a patron must have a shield or protection over their face which covers their eyes.

  • Contact Tracing: The person responsible for the establishment must, record the name and contact information of every patron that enters an area of the establishment, unless the patron temporarily enters the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order, maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law. 




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