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ORHMA In the Media

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Parkdale’s interim control bylaw repealed by Toronto Council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

Is Airbnb legal in Ontario?
- Toronto Star

Settlement offered on Queen St. restaurants
- Toronto Star

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Overview of Updated Accessibility Requirements  Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - New Accessibility Amendments to Ontario’s Building Code - Overview of Updated Requirements. On December 27, 2013, Ontario Regulation 368/13 was filed to amend the new 2012 Building Code, O.Reg. 332/12. The effective date of the amendment is January 1, 2015. The amended requirements will substantially enhance accessibility in newly constructed buildings and existing buildings that are to be extensively renovated. In 2005, the government committed to the development of five accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act...read more >>
Clarification on the New Smoking Ban for Restaurant and Bar Patios Many of our members have inquired about the new legislation prohibiting smoking in restaurant and bar patios. Following a meeting with the Assistant Deputy Minister and senior policy staff of the  Ministry of Health and Long Term and Care (MOHLTC) we were given clarity to the grey areas that exist within the newly drafted regulations. These regulations are scripted with the words “Bar” and “Restaurant” ignoring other hospitality venues.  Grey areas will result in various interpretations among Ontario’s 36 local public health units... read more>>
Ontario Jobs and Trends in Economy  The recent Statistics Canada labour force report for December registered the unemployment rate at 7 percent (unchanged). While full-time jobs grew by 3,000 for the month it lost 6,500 part-time jobs for a net job loss of 3,500. In previous Insiders we made a point of the relationship of this employment sector and students being a challenge for filling jobs since the 2007/08 recession... read more >>
Toronto Public Health Calls for Sodium and 10 Units or more Legislation Toronto Public Health this week is calling on the Provincial Government to include sodium along with calories on restaurant menus. They also are calling for the upcoming nutritional legislation to include a threshold of 10 restaurants. Ontario back in February 2014 introduced a new menu labelling bill that would require all foodservice operations including  restaurants, fast-food outlets, supermarkets and convenience stores with 20 or more units  to post calorie data on menus... read more>>
New AODA Requirements Come into Force on January 1, 2015  Members are reminded that new requirements under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) will come into force on January 1, 2015... read more >>
Overview of Ontario Menu Labelling Legislation   The Making Healthier Choices Act, 2014. On November 24, 2014 Ontario reintroduced legislation that, if passed, will require large chain food service premises, like fast food restaurants, to post calories on menus to help Ontarians to make well-informed choices of what they eat and feed their children. The Making Healthier Choices Act, 2014, if passed, will require: calories for standard food and beverage items, including alcohol, to be posted on menus.. read more>>
New Immigration Recruitment Model January 2015 - Apply for Permanent Residency Now Before the New Requirements Take Effect  The Government of Canada is preparing to transform Canada’s immigration program with “Express Entry”, a new immigration recruitment model. With an expected launch in early 2015, many questions remain about how the new model will impact businesses and foreign workers currently in Canada... read more >>
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