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» 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). See attached “A Guide to Menu Labelling Requirements in Regulated Food Service Premises in Ontario”. 

The intent of this Guide is to provide more clarity to all affected industry sectors to support them in applying the legislation and regulation requirements to their regulated food service premises. For those who have seen the draft consultation version of the Guide, you will note that revisions have been made based on the feedback received. 

Attached you will also find the Questions and Answers document compiled from the Technical Briefings on the Healthy Menu Choices Act Regulation (O.Reg 50/16) that were held this past March. The questions posed were thoughtful and well-articulated and the government committed to responding. 

Please note some sections of the Guide and Questions and Answers document are still pending. Based on feedback from ORHMA and other interested associations, the ministry is doing further assessment in these areas. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.

In addition to the Guide and Questions and Answers, the government will provide additional supports to facilitate successful implementation by January 1, 2017. The government has heard our requests for information specific to your food service premise type. As a next step, they will be developing sector specific fact sheets to provide additional clarity to each industry sector (e.g. grocery stores, quick service restaurants, convenience stores, etc.) with examples on how the legislation and regulation could be applied. 

If you have any further questions, you can contact the Ministry at You can also contact Leslie Smejkal, Vice-President Government Relations, ORHMA at or her cell: 519-240-1277

Thank you once again to all the ORHMA members who have participated in the consultations on the Draft Guide and shared their feedback. The government appears to value all the input they received and will continue to work with us to support successful implementation. We at ORHMA continue to put pressure on the government to extend the legislated compliance date of January 1, 2017 to allow more time for implementation. Our industry wants to get this right. We were told we would have the final guide back in January of this year but that did not occur. Here we are with a partial with more to come. The clock is ticking for industry but not for the province. We believe this is unfair for our industry and demand respect. We are meeting with the Associate Minister of Health to discuss further. We will keep you posted.

» 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. This grace period will be eliminated following a one year transition period. As of July 1, 2017, employees of liquor licensed establishments and LDS will be required to complete an approved server training course prior to their first day of work.

» 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. These reforms are a result of stakeholder consultations that the AGCO and ORHMA participated together in. The intent was to reduce administrative burden and remove barriers for investment and innovation. Highlights of Recent Amendments to Regulations Under the Liquor Licence Act, have now been posted on the AGCO website.  You can also find  it here – see attached.

» ORHMA’s 13th Annual Provincial Golf Tournament

Join the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) for our 13th Annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 14th at Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre in Alliston.This year's event promises to be a memorable event and one of your best opportunities to reach the leaders and opinion-influencers in Ontario’s hospitality Industry.

You can register as a player, bring a foursome, sponsor a tee or be a title sponsor .Network with old friends and make new ones along the way!
We expect a sold out tournament and encourage you to register soon. 

To get more information and sponsor details click here.

» Fort McMurray Wildfires: ORHMA’s Call To Action For Support & Solidarity

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association is deeply saddened by the wildfires affecting residents and families of Fort McMurray and surrounding area in Alberta, Canada. Nearly 90,000 residents have been forced away from their homes and are in need of support. 

The Government of Canada has announced that they will be matching all charitable donations made through the Canadian Red Cross in support of the ongoing relief efforts in Alberta. Ontario’s Hospitality Industry is large and has the potential to make a meaningful contribution. ORHMA would like to encourage our industry to show their support to the fire evacuees in Fort McMurray by donating through Canadian Red Cross – Alberta Fires: Emergency Appeal.

» Ontario Provincial Parks Open for 2016 Season
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Bill Mauro was in Bronte Creek Provincial Park to announce the opening of provincial parks for the 2016 season.

Most provincial parks in southern Ontario will open for the season starting May 13, with the majority of northern Ontario parks opening on May 20. 

Visitors can enjoy lots of fun activities in Ontario's provincial parks, including:

  • Learning how to get started in backcountry camping at Frontenac Provincial Park on May 14 by finding out what clothing, footwear, equipment and food you'll need, and how to treat water and stay safe in the outdoors.

  • Joining park staff at Bronte Creek Provincial Park for Springtime on the Farm on May 23 and participating in farm activities typical of the 1890s.

  • Bird watching, with several upcoming birding festivals, including:

More events are added throughout the season, so check back often.

Campsites can be reserved online 24 hours a day or by calling the park reservation line at

1-888-ONT-PARK between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily.

To read the complete article click here.

» Ontario Campaign Finance Reforms

On May 5, the Government of Ontario officially released draft campaign finance reforms. This announcement comes after numerous calls for changing the current system.
The draft rules include a ban on corporate and union donations, a reduction of individual donations to $1,550 from $9,975, and a vote subsidy model. In addition, all third party groups would be limited to spending $100,000 during a campaign and $600,000 in the six months prior to an election.
Liberal House Leader Yasir Naqvi stated, "We are moving forward with an open, transparent and credible process that seeks the engagement of the other parties and the public every step of the way."
Minister Naqvi provided a briefing to the PC Party, while the NDP refused the offer. PC Leader Patrick Brown is reviewing the draft proposal with the PC Caucus before commenting on the reforms.
The government intends to table legislation later this month.

» Ontario Contributes $500,000 to Wildfire Relief in Alberta
Office of the Premier

Ontario will contribute $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help its relief efforts for people displaced by the wildfires in Alberta.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province's support for the almost 90,000 people who have fled the massive wildfires in the Fort McMurray area. Ontario's contribution will assist the Red Cross in its work to provide relief and assist with recovery.

Ontario has also provided emergency management personnel to support local firefighting efforts. As of today, over 60 firefighters, three strike team leaders and 16 incident management and supervisory staff from Ontario are on the ground in Alberta.

Ontarians who would like to make a personal donation can do so through the Alberta Fires Appeal from the Canadian Red Cross. The federal government has committed to matching donations made to this appeal.

To read the complete article click here.

» Ontario Proposing To Grow the Greenbelt
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario is proposing changes to four provincial plans that shape how land is used in the Greater Golden Horseshoe -- Canada's fastest-growing urban region, the province's economic engine and the home of the Greenbelt.

Ontario is responding to input from the public and addressing the recommendations of the report "Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015- 2041" from the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review advisory panel, chaired by former mayor of Toronto David Crombie.

The proposed changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan would:

  • Protect clean water by adding the lands within 21 major urban river valleys to the Greenbelt, along with seven coastal wetlands, and establish a process for further expanding the Greenbelt to protect key water features

  • Require zoning along transit corridors to provide adequate density to support transit

  • Establish Greenbelt-level protections for natural heritage systems - such as wetlands, woodlands and rivers - beyond the Greenbelt, with the provincial government taking a lead in mapping those areas

  • Support agricultural viability and preserve farmland by setting strict requirements for the expansion of urban areas and allowing more flexibility for agricultural use in the Greenbelt

  • Require municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to integrate climate change policies into municipal official plans and to conduct climate change vulnerability risk assessments when they are planning or replacing infrastructure.

Stakeholders and the public now have a chance to comment on the proposed changes.

To read the complete article click here.

» Employment Standards Multilingual Resources
Ministry of Labour

Please be advised that the Ministry of Labour has recently published the following four Employment Standards resources in multiple languages: 
These resources are available in:
  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Simplified) 
  • Chinese (Traditional) 
  • Hindi 
  • Portuguese 
  • Punjabi 
  • Spanish 
  • Tagalog 
  • Thai 
  • Urdu 
For a complete listing of all Ministry of Labour multilingual resources, please click here.

» Young and Temporary Foreign Worker Blitzes
Ministry of Labour

Click here for a information bulletin on the Ministry of Labour website regarding the Young Worker and Temporary Foreign Worker Blitzes.  

» City of Toronto Council Passes Ride Sharing Framework

After a long debate, Toronto City Council voted 27 to 15 to allow for ride sharing companies to operate in the city and to reduce regulations on taxi operators. Mayor John Tory led the charge to convince council to support the bylaw changes.
The Mayor made it quite clear that the status quo was not an option. "We cannot end up going out of this chamber without having put some regime in place and there is no ideal answer that is going to satisfy everybody."
Regulation of ground transportation: Council approved details for the City of Toronto’s  regulation of ground transportation, which covers traditional taxi cabs as well as ridesharing services offered by private transportation companies. The new rules establish regulations for private transportation companies (such as Uber) and modify existing regulations for taxi brokers, owners and drivers, with the intention of giving the taxi industry greater organizational flexibility. 

Toronto's new ground transportation bylaw is intended to serve the public's interests and provide fairness to the providers of ground transportation/vehicles for hire. Council Highlights is an informal summary of decisions made by Toronto City Council. The City Clerk provides the formal documentation at

» Ontario Expands Small Claims Court Online Service
Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario is making it faster and easier to file all types of small claims by expanding online services for small claims court.

The online service allows individuals and businesses across Ontario to prepare and submit forms online, pay court fees securely using debit or credit cards, and receive court-issued documents by email without having to go to a courthouse.

Small claims court e-filing has been available since August 2014 for amounts fixed under a contract or agreement, such as unpaid loans, credit card debt and overdue rent. Now, all small claims up to $25,000 can be filed online through a convenient, around-the-clock service including claims for amounts that are not definite or exact, such as an award for property damage or personal injury.

There are two convenient ways to file online:

  • 'Filing Wizard' can help people representing themselves and who are unfamiliar with the small claims court process. The wizard guides users through the process of creating and submitting small claims court documents and paying fees online.

  •  Quick File' allows legal professionals and regular users of small claims court to quickly and easily upload court documents that have already been completed offline.

To read the complete article click here.

» We Need Your Help! Please Participate in TIAO's Ontario Labour Study Survey
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

Dear Colleagues,

This past fall, TIAC released a Labour Shortage Study in partnership with Banff & Lake Louise. This study provided a snapshot of the extent of labour shortages in the region’s tourism sector, as well as valuable insights for future research.

As Ontario is also experiencing labour shortages in the tourism sector, TIAO has partnered with TIAC to conduct the same study in our province. Due to the size and scope of our industry, the Ontario study will be significantly larger, and will require the assistance of TIAO members to ensure there are enough respondents so as to yield relevant results.

The Study will be conducted in three parts.

The first part is an online survey of businesses, comprised of 16 easy-to-answer questions.  

The second part is a data collection exercise on staffing statistics for the month of July 2016. Similar to the Banff & Lake Louise study, the focus on July provides a good snapshot of the high season. A second link will be forwarded to you in July for completion.

The third part is a data collection exercise on forecasted staffing requirements for the fall of 2016. This section will be completed at the same time as the July data collection. 

For all parts of the study, we are hoping to get a good cross section of sectors and geographic locations, with a target response rate of 3-5%.

How you can help.

Please participate in both parts of the survey – in April and in July.  


Online survey begins April 1 and ends May 31.
Data collection to take place in July and will close in August.
Final report – fall of 2016.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important survey.

Beth Potter
President & CEO

Click here to participate in Part One of the survey

» Smartphones and Tablets Are The New Millennial Computers

When was the last time you saw a young adult shopping for a desktop system? According to a new report by comScore, desktop usage has fallen to a record-low 20 percent among consumers in the Canada, and members of the Millennial Generation are the main drivers of this trend.  

To read the full article click here.

» Industry Events

  • OTEC – Training and Facilitation Excellence – May 11-12, 2016 – Location – 21 Four Seasons Place – Suite 300 – Toronto, Ontario M9B 6J8. For more information and to register click here.
  • Canadian Hotel Investment Conference - May 16, 2016 - Location Royal York Hotel - For more information click here.

  • Security Canada International Security Conference & Exposition 2016Ottawa,Ontario – June 1, 2016 – Location Ottawa Conference and Event Centre – 200 Coventry Road . For more information and to register click here.

  • ORHMA Annual General Meeting - June 13, 2016 - Location - Nottawasaga Inn Resort - 6015 Hwy 89, Alliston, Ontario - Time 4:15 - 5:15pm. For more info and Proxy Form click here.

  • ORHMA’S 13th Annual Provincial Golf Tournament – June 14, 2016 – New VenueNottawasaga Inn Resort – Click here for more information, registration package and sponsorship opportunities.

  • Security Canada International Security Conference & Exposition 2016Toronto,Ontario – October 19,20, 2016 – Location Toronto Congress Centre – 650 Dixon Road. For more information and to register click here.
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