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ORHMA In the Media

Businesses say ORPP will have negative economic effects- 
Toronto Star

ORHMA speaks out on Retirement Pension Plan
 - 
Canadian Lodging News

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Parkdale’s interim control bylaw repealed by Toronto Council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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Industry Hot Topics! 
Minimum Wage • Ontario Retirement Pension Plan AODA Requirements

In the News...
Ontario to Raise Minimum Wage as of October 1st   Starting on October 1st, 2015 Ontario will have the second highest minimum wage in the country. At 11.25 an hour, Ontario will be second only to the North West territories. Since the Liberals have taken power in 2003, this will be the ninth minimum wage increase... read more>>
Understanding the AODA and Accessibility ORHMA now has a full resource centre when it comes to understanding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)... read more >>
Airbnb  A definition of the Underground Economy states “existing outside the purview of tax collectors”. Airbnb belongs under this definition and has many jurisdictions researching the legality nature of this accommodation concept. In New York City, for example, it is now illegal to rent your home for less than 30 days.. read more>>
Borders Becoming Faster  One factor following the 9/11 disaster that slowed American travel into Canada has been the border congestion. With the inception of Homeland Security south of the border and terrorist fears the slowdown at customs became the norm – long gone were the days of just showing a driver license... read more>>
Major Sporting Events -Sports Tourism  Travel Market 2014 Industry Report - There is a big debate in the travel industry regarding the impact of hosting a major sporting event – such as the Olympics and the football World Cup – on the tourism industry of that destination... read more>>
ORHMA Meets with Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport  Canada's tourism dismal results in growth are somewhat embarrassing to say the least. Success can not happen by continuing to blame 9/11, SARS and economic recessions.  Not when other global destinations are performing double the margins in growth. Not when Canada has features attractive to the new tourism trends including exploration, adventure and now a heaven of culinary offerings... read more >>
ORHMA & Menu Labelling (Bill 45, The Healthier Choices Act)  Last week, the House moved to second reading debate on Bill 45, Making Healthier Choices Act requiring how and which restaurants provide nutritional information to customers. Such legislation is not new in North America. Many other jurisdictions have it and ORHMA committed to participating in helping Ontario, the province, develop ... read more>>
AODA and Restaurant Patios  As the AODA new standards are becoming legislated one municipal item to monitor is the pedestrian path of travel on a boulevard. Normally boulevards (curb- side walks) owned by municipalities provide a significant venue for income for the many restaurants with this outdoor space. Municipalities as well as businesses will need to adhere to the various AODA regulations... read more >>
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>>
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