Ontario’s Hospitality Industry – Unfair Hydro Expenses
Energy expenses in Ontario’s hospitality industry remain to be a heavy burden; a burden that punishes and steals from a business’s success. ORHMA views the government’s recent incentive announcements lame and not going far enough to address a serious and unfair issue. ORHMA will continue to raise this matter with the province until it is addressed. Please click here to read a letter sent by Tony Elenis, President & CEO of ORHMA, to the Minister of Energy calling for real support.
Labour Laws Under Review in Ontario– Get Involved!
The Ontario government is conducting a review of labour relations and employment standards legislation with a view to changes that will have a significant and detrimental impact on your business. This is a critically important issue not only for our industry, but for the entire business and employer community. You’re being asked to get involved at the grassroots level to help influence the government’s decisions on the proposed labour law policy options. To read more, click here.
WSIB Premium Rate Reductions since 2001
When WSIB faced an unfunded liability of over $14 Billion, ORHMA worked diligently with officials to mitigate against severe increases to premium rates in the hospitality industry. ORHMA, as part of an employers group, meets quarterly with WSIB’s leadership and successfully influenced a freeze for the last three years including 2016. As WSIB’s performance is improving reductions are in the plan for 2017 and beyond. Good bottom line business support here. Read more
Ontario Continuing to Increase Minimum Wage
Ministry of Labour
Please see the government news release regarding new minimum wage rates that come into effect October 1, 2016.
Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program Rules – Changes upcoming
ORHMA applauds the recommendations stemming from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources (HUMA) report on the TFW Program.
Ontario’s workforce needs are entering a crisis mode and a speedy sustainable TFW Program will support operator’s success.
The HUMA committee released the long anticipated study this past week on the TFW Program and is in the process of being reviewed by government. Read more
Ontario Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking Initiative Update
The Ministry of Energy is proceeding with an initiative on reporting and benchmarking on water and energy for large buildings. Under the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act which received Royal Assent on June 9, 2016, it will enable through regulation the implementation of a system named Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB). Read more
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.