» Call to Action: Hotel Taxes for Municipalities
ORHMA opposes any new hotel tax and has warned that it will cause job losses, reduction of foreign direct investment in the hotel industry and other economic harm. A room tax will kill the Destination Marketing Program, damage hotel bookings and impact much of the restaurant customer traffic stemming from leisure and business including city events such as sport tournaments and conventions. We ask that you consider contacting your MPP by telephone or sending a letter to express your concerns. A list of MPPs are available with contact details here. To read the letter that ORHMA has submitted to the Premier regarding the proposed hotel tax, click here.
» Complimentary AODA Info Session for Hotels & Restaurants
Please join us for this information session to help you understand: Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Employment Standard . You will be given an overview of the Accessible Employment Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and you will learn about your requirements to make your employment practices more accessible; including how to hire, retain and provide career development opportunities. This will enable you to understand the impact to your business, standards, compliance and the benefits to employers who hire and accommodate people with disabilities. We want to ensure that hospitality operators understand the AODA law and we are here to help. We encourage you to share this invitation broadly within your hospitality industry networks. The information sessions will take place in the following cities for your convenience. Please register according to your location here.
» Provincial Government Releases Long-Term Report on the Economy
Ministry of Finance
By developing a highly skilled workforce, making health care more accessible and efficient, building modern infrastructure and supporting business innovation and growth, the report shows that Ontario is in a position to grow and experience greater prosperity for years to come. To read the full article, click here.
» Ontario First Province to Introduce Large Building Energy & Water Reporting
Ministry of Energy
On July 1, 2016, the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016 came into force, which included amendments to the Green Energy Act, 2009 that enable implementation of Ontario’s Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) initiative through regulation. On February 6, 2017, Ontario Regulation 20/17, Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use, was filed, which outlines what building owners and utilities must do to comply with the initiative. Ontario is leading the way in Canada as the first province to introduce a large building energy and water reporting and benchmarking initiative for privately owned buildings on a province-wide scale.
The EWRB initiative supports Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and Ontario’s commitment to put Conservation First as set out in the 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan. The Ministry of Energy is developing education and training materials to provide support to building owners and managers, so that compliance with the regulation is simple and straightforward. The Ministry will also be engaging its building sector allies and partners to support EWRB implementation. More information will be available later this year on the Ministry’s Large Building EWRB webpage. Questions regarding this initiative can be submitted to the Ministry using the following email address: EWRBsupport@ontario.ca.
» Governments join together to create Investment-Attraction Agency for Toronto
Canadian Startup News
The federal government, provincial government, and GTA municipalities will invest a combined $19.5 million to establish Toronto Global, a global investment-attraction agency for Toronto and the GTA. The government of Canada will invest $6 million through FedDev Ontario's Investing in Regional Diversification Initiative, Ontario will invest $7.5 million, and the municipalities of Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Halton, York, and Durham will invest $6 million. Toronto Global will promote the Toronto region around the world to attract global investment to the region by working with businesses and investors interested in Toronto. To read more, click here.
» Making life more affordable and cities more livable: NDP Leader Unveiled Policy Platform
Recently, the Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced that she has a plan to put Toronto on the right track-by investing in key areas like affordable housing, affordable childcare, and restoring the TTC's operating cost subsidies. Horwath is concerned about Toronto's well-being as a global city, and suggested that she has a plan to help alleviate some of the issues that the city has been facing for decades. She noted that her plan will "put over $330 million back in Toronto's transit system, which is more than the estimated revenue from the proposed road tolls, and nearly double the new gas tax funding being offered by the Wynne Liberals." As the Ontario NDP gears up for the 2018 election, Andrea Horwath unveiled a policy platform targeted towards Toronto voters. To read the complete article, click here.