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Digital technology has given rise to new business models like Uber and Airbnb
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'Eventually, many will run out': How an LCBO strike could impact restaurants and bars
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Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn Charters Landmark Labour Reforms 
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Cheers, criticism greet Ontario plan to raise minimum wage to $15 
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City report probes rules and potential programs regarding online renting services like Airbnb 
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Youth Training Available Through Partnership 
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Windsor Bars Face Hefty Price Hike for TV Sports 

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Top 5 Questions at AODA Road Shows 
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New OHRC Report Says Sexualized Dress Codes "Not on the Menu" 
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GBC Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Culinary Management) Degree
 
George Brown College 

Proposed Toronto Patio Tax Hike Could Lead to Higher Menu Prices 
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Airbnb Charm Offensive in Toronto
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Durham diners eating up calorie info required by new law 
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Calorie Counting 'just 1 tool' 
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Speaker's Corner: Facing Climate Change 
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Stop It! program in development to halt sexual violence
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ORHMA: Hydro rebate won’t ease costs
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The Fight for Diaper Changing Tables in Men's Washrooms 
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Leamington restaurant struggles to cope with hefty hydro bills 
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The dirty diaper dilemma - The Globe and Mail

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Wynne Putting Politics Ahead of Hospitality!
Totally Disconnected from Struggling Small Business Operators 
On Tuesday May 30, 2017, Ontario’s hospitality industry was betrayed by Premier Wynne and her majority government, who announced a $15.00 minimum wage by January 1, 2019. Minimum wage will rise to $14 on January 1, 2018. This is a 32% increase within the next 18 months. The hourly rate currently sits at $11.40. Wynne is also ensuring equal pay for part-time workers and increasing the minimum vacation entitlement as part of a major labour overhaul. ORHMA continues to work on your behalf to ensure fairness for the hospitality industry. Your voice is needed! Letter template is available.  Read more >>  

Toronto Accommodations Sharing Economy Report
The Toronto Accommodations Sharing Economy report was released on June 12, 2017. ORHMA & GTHA (Greater Toronto Hotel Association) were successful in accomplishing positive outcomes. The report, stemming out of Municipal Licensing and Standards, outlines the following key highlights. Read more>>

Update on the LCBO Bargaining
Collective bargaining is currently ongoing between the LCBO and OPSEU Liquor Board Employees Division (LBED), the Union representing 8,100 of the LCBO's hourly employees.  Upon a request of OPSEU, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has issued No Board report. This means that the Union is in a legal strike position as of 12:01AM Monday, June 26, 2017. While this is not an uncommon step in the bargaining process, the LCBO have started to make arrangements to ensure that the licensee wholesale networks will be able to operate in the event of a strike to ensure continued service to their customers. The LCBO provides updates regarding their contingency plans as necessary. With a number of negotiation dates set in June the outcome remains to be seen. The LCBO Negotiations website (www.lcbonegotiations.com) is set up to provide timely information throughout this process. ORHMA will do its best to update our members on any information we receive directly.

Design For Sidewalk Cafes, Marketing Displays, Patio Fees & Consultations 
When the City of Toronto report went to Licensing and Standards Committee in April of this year MLS staff were directed to undertake additional consultations. Two meetings are scheduled for June.  This notice has been sent out by mail to all permit holders. The information that will be presented at these meetings will be the same as what was in the April 2017 city staff report. The City is reviewing permit fees, as well as the design for sidewalk cafés and marketing displays. This includes looking at the space required for walking and movement for persons with disabilities, and how this will impact existing café and marketing permit holders. Information presented at these consultations will build upon the recent "Framework for Harmonization" report that was considered by Committee.  Public input invited on guidelines, rules and fees for sidewalk cafés and displays in Toronto.  Read more >>

Government suspends anti-spam changes after receiving blowback from businesses and NGOs

New provisions of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) that were set to come into effect on July 1st have been suspended due to complaints from businesses and non-governmental organizations. The provisions would allow lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for violations of the legislation, a change that concerned businesses and non-profits due to the fact that over a three-year transition period that began in 2014, those organizations were permitted to rely on a recipient’s implied consent to receive electronic messages, while ostensibly giving them time to obtain express consent. Read more

Wynne’s Minimum Wage Hike Will Kill Businesses
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government has announced a whopping 31.6% increase to the minimum wage.  The hourly wage floor will climb from $11.40 today to $15 in 2019. In the days leading up to and following the decision, much analysis focused on the negative impact on low-skilled workers.  Economists and other analysts raised concerns that such workers would see their hours reduced, and that in the worst case, some employees would be let go altogether.  These are important implications of a minimum wage hike. Read more.

Ontario Labour Legislation Introduced – Legislates New Minimum Wage
Bill 148, Fair Workplaces & Better Jobs Act- Ministry of Labour
On the last day of the legislature sitting Ontario’s Labour Minister Kevin Flynn  introduced Bill 148, Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act. The bill legislates the increase to the minimum wage and other government responses to the Changing Workplaces Review introduced earlier last week. Read more >>

Government's proposed amendment to WSIA re Chronic Mental Stress
In response to the Government of Ontario’s proposed amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) to include coverage for work-related chronic mental stress, the WSIB has developed a proposed service delivery model and is seeking feedback on the supporting draft policy. To assist stakeholders to understand the WSIB’s proposed approach to implementing this proposed legislative change,a background document  has been developed.   

Ontario Releases Food & Organic Waste Discussion Paper
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is developing a Food and Organic Waste framework to reduce the volume of food and organic wastes ending up in the disposal stream. The province’s Climate Change Action Plan and the Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy commits the ministry to develop an action plan.  Read more >>

ACTION REQUIRED: Banquet House Portion - Bill 12, Protecting Employees' Tips Act
The Ontario government passed Bill 12, An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 With Respect to Tips and Other Gratuities (“Bill 12”) which came into force on June 10, 2016. It prohibits employers from withholding, making deductions from, or collecting tips or other gratuities from employees unless authorized under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”).  The guidance given is that “Employers need to be explicit about the purpose of these funds and who should receive them, for example tips for servers or facilities charges.” Therefore wording such as “tips”, “gratuities” and “service” would not apply to define the “House” portion as these words lead the convenor of the catering event to believe the gratuities are issued to servers.  ORHMA is reaching out to our membership asking for the explicit wording you are using to define the “House” portion of a catering event on function contracts and invoices. Those that reply will receive a complete list of the various wording practices utilized by Ontario’s catering operations. All replies will be kept confidential. Please email info@orhma.com or call 905 361-0268.  

Provincial Budget 2017
Like it or not majority governments can speed up and legislate budgets without obstacles from opposition parties. The Liberal government, with their majority, are aiming to amend provincial legislation on 30 items presented in April’s budget. Yasir Naqvi, the government’s house leader, moved a motion this past week that could pass Bill 127 prior to the house's scheduled recessing on June 1. It is certain due to the political system in place that it will pass. Democracy ….is it perfect? To read ORHMA's overview of the 2017 Provincial Budget,  click here.
HYDRO Rates – Is it Fair?
The Liberal Government is tabling the legislation (budget 2017) that the hydro rates will be reduced by 25 per cent to ensure greater fairness. Fairness? Numbers announced even included in media show by 2027, the average bill will be in the $200 a month range. -the increase will be around 2% until 2021, but after that your bill will start to skyrocket. Is this fair? Mortgaging current plan so future generations (your kids and grandkids) can pay for it. Is this fair? Most businesses are not even included by the reduction. Is this fair? How would a government elected  (another word for hired)  into managing the interests for all Ontarians create such a disaster with the Global Adjustment and for so long deny there is a problem till faced with political death. Is this fair?  

City of Toronto Sharing Economy Report- Release Date
The anticipated report that will offer recommendations for a regulatory framework on the accommodations sharing economy will be released on June 12th and will be presented for discussion to the Executive Committee at the June 19th  meeting. ORHMA and GTHA have been advocating on behalf of the hotel industry calling for a fair playing field. It is expected that the Toronto report will set the stage for other Ontario municipalities to move forward with similar regulatory rules. ORHMA has also been in communication with the City of London as a participant in upcoming consultations.

Municipal Taxes Across Canada
On May 27, the Ontario government, through Budget 2017, authorized options for municipalities to add a hotel room tax. There are still details to be drafted surrounding this legislation but the ability for municipalities to add a room tax is open.  This is not the first municipal hotel tax legislation as it is a common practice in many North America jurisdictions. After all, the idea for a hotel tax stemmed from similar practices in other cities. Read more to view a  provincial comparison chart of the various tax measures currently in place across Canada. Read more. 

Fighting the Beverage Alcohol Excise Tax Increases
ORHMA has joined an industry-wide coalition calling for a Repeal to the hidden escalating tax proposed in the 2017 federal budget. Alcoholic Beverages are made up of several layers of tariffs, levies and taxes as an easy grab for governments. Read more. 

ORHMA Advocating To Protect Licensees – 
LCBO Potential Strike 
OPSEU announced its LCBO workers will not strike ahead of the May long weekend. LCBO workers collective agreement with the LCBO expired on March 31. The next bargaining dates are scheduled for the end of May and early June.   OPSEU president Smokey Thomas said his “members are fighting to save the LCBO” from the “creeping privatization” that allowed beer sales in grocery stores. OPSEU also announced it has filed with the Ministry of Labour to represent contract faculty at Ontario’s colleges. Thomas called it one of the largest organizing drives in Canadian history with thousands of cards signed. Thomas said unionizing contract workers is important because “we've reached the point where 70 per cent of those teaching are underpaid contract faculty with no job security.” Regardless of what you read in the papers, ORHMA is working directly with LCBO corporate to ensure plans are in place for Ontario licensees in the event of a strike. We will keep you updated as this issue moves forward. This round of bargaining LCBO is using this website:https://lcbonegotiations.com/ to provide information about negotiations and other bargaining related news. 

Preventing Sexual Violence and Harassment in the Hospitality Industry
In 2016, Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association (ORHMA), in partnership with Ontario Training Education Corporation (OTEC) and Tourism HR Canada (THRC), announced an advanced training and awareness program to prevent sexual violence and harassment in the hospitality industry entitled "It's Your Shift." »»Read more

ORHMA Responds  Re: Bell & Rogers Sports Programming Changes
As you know Bell and Rogers have both sent notices to restaurants and bars that they will have to pay for sports programming packages separately from other channels they
may be paying for. The sports packaging is based on a valid liquor licence and seat
capacity. To read more click here.

Complete Your AODA Report on Compliance
This year all sectors – private, non-profit and public – must submit accessibility compliance reports by December 31, 2017.Learn more about requirements and who has to report at ontario.ca/accessibility.

On Line Survey From the AGCO
Starting in late fall 2017, applicants will be able to apply for a Liquor Sales Licence, Ferment on Premise Licence, Liquor Delivery Service Licence, Licence to Represent a Manufacturer, Authorization to Sell Beer and Wine in a Grocery Store, and an Authorization to Sell Beer and Cider in a Grocery Store online, through the iAGCO portal that will be available on the AGCO’s Web site www.agco.on.ca. We invite you to participate in a short survey. Our goal is to provide you with an opportunity to offer feedback on your willingness to use the online system as well as on licencing renewal periods. If you are interested in participating, please click here.

WHMIS Legislation Has Now Been Amended to Include the GHS Standard 
WHMIS is changing to adopt new international standards for classifying hazardous chemicals and providing information on labels and safety data sheets. These new international standards are part of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and are being phased in across Canada between February 2015 and December 2018. The GHS standards have been endorsed by the United Nations. They are also being implemented in many other countries including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and members of the European Union. Please click here to download a free copy of ORHMA’s Understanding WHMIS.  For more information on the requirements and changes from the Ministry of Labour, please click here

Understanding WSIB’s Premium Rate Table
We previously reported that the Restaurant and Catering employers will see an 8.1% reduction (2016 rate of 1.72 will drop to 1.58 in 2017 ) while the Accommodation employers  rate will drop by 13.2% (2016 rate of 3.10 will drop to 2.69 in 2017 ). The following WSIB explanations offer a good understanding of how Premium Rates are calculated. Ontario’s hospitality sectors’ historic and projection rates follow. For additional information that includes all sector classifications click here. For more on WSIB, click here.

Legislation Aimed at Stopping Sexual Violence and Harassment in effect Sept. 8, 2016

Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), will come into effect on September 8, 2016. The act aims to make workplaces, campuses and communities safer and more responsive to the needs of survivors and to complaints about sexual violence and harassment. Read more. 

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