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ORHMA In the Media

Airbnb’s place among traditional hotels still up for debate
- Toronto Star

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs ‘bulletproof’? How a full-scale rebuild could affect TV, sponsors and businesses- National Post

Simcoe County tourism sector looks for the best - Simcoe.com

Health board’s proposed sodium labeling stirs opposition
 - The Toronto Observer

Keep those food trucks rollin' - London Community News

ORHMA launching accessibility focused accommodation directory for 2015 Pan Am Games - Canadian Lodging News

Algoma Public Health prepares to ban outdoor smokers - SooToday.com

Ontario : Smoking To Be Banned On Bar, Restaurant Patios -
 Canada Journal

Wider smoking ban coming in January -
 Newstalk 1010

ORHMA adds Waterloo chapter -
Canadian Lodging News

Liquor licensing impasse resolved - Toronto Star

Parkdale’s interim control bylaw repealed by Toronto Council
- Inside Toronto

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Smoking on Patios • Ontario Retirement Pension Plan New AODA Requirements

In the News...
Credit Card Swipe Fees Hurt Businesses & Customers & the Economy
If you’re restaurant and/or hotel owner reading this you know that every time a customer pays with a credit card you’re being cheated. Customers do not realize it because the banks that issue the credit cards keep people in the dark. The banks are profiting with enormous margins while the Ontario hospitality industry is simply trying to sustain itself with the lowest profit margins in the country... read more>>
Ontario Sees Hike in Underemployment, Low-Wage Workers  The Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn is expected to announce this week a review of employment standards as the indicators continue to show the number of low wage workers (those earning 1.5 times over the minimum wage) are climbing. Click here to read the recent Toronto Star Article... read more>>
Credit Card Merchant Rates – Update  Master Card and Visa are expected to drop their rates by 10% in mid April 2015 as previously announced. In this volunteer model we still do not know the finer important details. The ORHMA along with its business coalition this past week were to meet with VISA Canada but the meeting is rescheduled by VISA. Questions linger on the stand of higher rated cards and any drop or perhaps increases these will end up being... read more>>
Stimulate Economic Growth Through a Capital Loan Program (ORHMA’s Call in Budget 2015)  The government does not have a meaningful tourism investment strategy with incentive loans to stimulate economic growth in the sector. It is urgent in the short term that a loan program is developed to encourage investment and support competiveness...read more>>
Who Doesn't Love a Hotel Discount? The Taxman   Bloomberg USA - The suits seek to claw back what amounts to a few dollars per room per night, but the numbers add up. If it loses appeals across the country, Expedia could face a tax bill of as much as $847 million, an analysis of court documents and tax revenue records shows...read more>>
Toronto - Success in Averting Another Freeze for Licence Applications The License and Standards Committee (LSC) were threatening on freezing new liquor licenses once again in the entire city. Furthermore they passed a motion on Feb 21st to have most of these council members sit on the Steering Committee... read more>>
ORHMA Responds to the Wynne Government’s Retirement Pension Plan Design  Late last year, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Associate Finance Minister Mitzie Hunter introduced Bill 56 the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2014 that, if passed, would lay out a framework for the creation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).  It would also commit the government to establishing the plan... read more>>
Don’t Miss Out on Your Free Listing in Check In Canada  In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) has secured a one year complimentary listing for our accommodation members with Check In Canada - a national online accommodations directory. We do not want you to miss out on this valuable opportunity to highlight your property. In order to receive your complimentary one year listing you will need to complete the on-line accessibility survey... read more>>
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