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ORHMA In the Media

Leamington restaurant struggles to cope with hefty hydro bills 
Windsor Star 

ORHMA Culinary Challenge
Canadian Lodging News

Destination & Tourism Fees -

Zoomer Radio

Food Trucks need more room to grow -

Toronto Star

Ontario servers welcome bill to ban restaurant ‘tip theft’ -
Hamilton Spectator

Workers welcome bill to bring restaurant ‘tip theft’ out of the shadows -
The Toronto Star

The dirty diaper dilemma - The Globe and Mail

AESP Conference - Using Trade Associations As A Conduit - Fierceenergy.com

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Ontario Menu Labelling Required for 20 or More Locations – January 1, 2017 Compliance Required
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is committed to identify regulated food service premises per the definition in the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015. To that effect, the Ministry collected food service premises data from Public Health units to determine chains of 20 or more food service premises in the province that could be captured by the regulation. 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. 

Heads Up – Ontario Municipalities to Consult the Public on Additional Taxes
Recently, Premier Kathleen Wynne attended the annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. She told attendees that before the province will grant additional taxes or revenue tools to municipal governments, local governments must firstly consult with the general public.  Read more. 

City of Toronto Revenue Options Under Consideration 
Recently, the City of Toronto Executive Committee considered the KPMG report on revenue options that the city could consider. The report was accepted by the committee. This report contained significant proposals to raise revenues and reduce the city's dependence on the land transfer tax. Read More»»
Changes to the AODA Customer Service Standard - Effective on July 1, 2016
Restaurant owner Greg Boyle says there is a rich and growing market in Ontario any business can tap into if they just follow some simple advice.
“It really is just a matter of listening and talking to your guests,” says Boyle, who has made accessibility for customers with disabilities a cornerstone of the three Tim Hortons stores he operates with his partner in Sarnia, Ontario.Read more»»
CPP To Be Expanded & Will Replace Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
Canada's Finance Ministers reached an agreement-in-principle to expand the Canada Pension Plan.  The deal was signed by eight provinces; Quebec and Manitoba have decided to withhold their signatures. Read more»»
Minister of Labour Response To Protecting Employees’ Tips Act
Please find below an excerpt of a letter sent to ORHMA by Minister Flynn.Read more»»
Temporary Foreign Worker Program Cap To Remain at 20% For Now
The Canadian Press
OTTAWA -- The federal government is freezing the 20 per cent cap on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers a company can hire.Read more»»
Visa Processing Improvements Yield Results for Tourism 
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) released the Gateway to Growth: 2016 Visitor Visa Progress Report. This report examines recent progress made in the Canadian visitor visa system and ongoing challenges that visa documentation requirements create for the tourism industry. Read More»»
Ontario  Menu  Labelling  Guide – Compliance Date  January 1, 2017
The provincial government has finally developed  a guide to support regulated food service premises implement the  Menu Choices Act, 2015 and its regulation (Ontario Regulation 50/16).Read More»»
Requirement for Server Training Prior to First Day of Work
New employees at liquor licensed establishments (e.g. bars, restaurants, nightclubs) and LDS have historically been provided with a sixty-day “grace period” to complete an AGCO Board-approved server training course. Read More»»
Amendments To Regulations Under The Liquor Licence Act – Effective July 1, 2016
The Government of Ontario has recently approved a number of regulations impacting beverage alcohol in Ontario. Read more»»
Bill 100 – Supporting Ontario’s Trail Act Passed 2nd Reading
The House convened at 9:00 a.m. to continue second reading debate on Bill 100, Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act. The bill was voted on after question period. It passed with Liberal, NDP and some PC support (Ayes 77; Nays 17) and was referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly.. Read More»»
New JHSC Standards Now In Effect
Ministry of Labour
New training standards have come into force for certifying Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) members in Ontario. Read More »»
Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation Passed
Hicks Morley
On March 8, 2016, legislation addressing sexual violence and harassment was passed and received Royal Assent. Read More»»
Province Increasing Minimum Wage on October 1
Ministry of Labour
Ontario will raise the general minimum wage from $11.25 to $11.40 on October 1, 2016 - keeping Ontario's wage the highest of any province in Canada. Read More»»
Ontario Human Rights Commission Calling To End Dress Codes That Discriminate
Last week, in recognition of International Women’s Day, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a statement calling for an end to sexualized dress codes that discriminate against female and transgender employees.Read More»»
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