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ORHMA In the Media

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Parkdale’s interim control bylaw repealed by Toronto Council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

Is Airbnb legal in Ontario?
- Toronto Star

Settlement offered on Queen St. restaurants
- Toronto Star

ORHMA Elects New Board Members - Hotelier Magazine

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Visa and MasterCard Fee Reductions We are in waiting for the finer details surrounding the credit card reductions announced by the Government of Canada – interchange rates dropping an average of 1.5%. The government stated that this will represent a 10% reduction while others in industry calculates it at 9.3%.  The drop commences in April 30th 2015 and will be reviewed in five years... read more >>
Aviation Fuel Tax Web Site Launched – Sign On and Ground the Flight Tax! The Tories developed a web site (http://groundtheflighttax.com/) aiming to kill the government’s recent announcement of the aviation fuel tax increase.  Introduced in the July budget the jet fuel tax is expected to generate $65 million in revenues by 2016/17 – up from the current $25 million. Included in the web announcement was a York study reference  claiming the province would be hit with the loss of up to 3,000 jobs... read more >>
Things Look Good In recent Insiders we have been referring to the relationship of a strong economy growing jobs, offering security for those that do work and the positive effect of consumer confidence leading to healthy disposable income. All this leads to success to consumer gate keepers such as the hospitality business.  We have also been writing of the rising USA economy as this is where the potential lies for Ontario... read more >>
More Money from Government Assets The Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets headed by Ed Clark  released the panel’s initial report entitled “Retain & Gain: Making Ontario's Assets Work Better for Taxpayers and Consumers.”  The release this past week follows the announcement made on Sept 17th that concludes the OPG, Hydro One and the LCBO are to remain owned by the government but generate more dollars from Hydro One and the LCBO- raise an additional $2 billion to $3 billion... read more >>
Wynne Government Bans Smoking on All Restaurant & Bar Patios Across Ontario Effective January 1, 2015 On Friday November 7, 2014 The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced Cabinet approved regulation changes to the Smoke Free Ontario Act. Starting January 1, 2015, it will be illegal to, Smoke on bar and restaurant patios, Smoke on playgrounds and public sports fields and surfaces, Sell tobacco on university and college campuses.These changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act are part of the government's plan to limit smoking in public places, ... read more >>
Bill 18 – Proposal: Primary Employer will be Responsible for Injuries to Agency Employees - It Will Not be Legislated We “WELCOME THE DECISION “to not move forward with legislation. It will be kept as a regulation in review. The government motion to this committee on the decision is fair and makes smart business sense. Bill 18 passing first reading went to the all political party committee on November 6th where the proposed legislation on assigning any workplace injury and accident costs of a temporary worker to the host (primary) employer when contracting with agency worker support. Translation: A typical hotel or banquet hall hiring banquet “help” on high demand periods to support business peaks... read more >> 
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