Delivery Charges -Another Ulcer to Hydro Bills
Much has been stated about the Global Adjustment and its impact to businesses. Another deadly expense line showing up on hydro invoices is the delivery charge which is around 30% of the total cost. While the electricity generated is even across the province the delivery charge varies widely according to different rates set by the local hydro distribution centers. To read more, click here.
On Monday January 30, ORHMA and members of the Toronto Region participated in consultations with the City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standard (MLS) about patio fees in Toronto. The City of Toronto's draft patio fee proposal is available here. ORHMA is very concerned that these fees for some establishments are to increase by up to 1000%. To read more, click here.
ORHMA is Fighting Proposed Toronto Patio Fees
Pre-Budget Recommendations for 2017 from ORHMA
ORHMA’s Pre-Budget Submission for 2017 highlights key issues for ORHMA throughout the year and gives light to our advocacy and our recommendations for policies at the provincial level of government. Click here to view ORHMA’s Pre Budget Submission for 2017.
ORHMA Meets with Minister of Finance on January 26 to speak about Hotel Taxes & Airbnb
To read speech made by Tony Elenis, President & CEO of ORHMA, click here.
CALL TO ACTION: Hotel Taxes & Other Hospitality Taxes for Municipalities
ORHMA opposes any new hotel tax and has warned 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. To read more, click here.
What does the Changing Workplaces Review Mean to Ontario’s Hospitality Industry ?
WSIB - Rate Framework Modernization Update
ORHMA Urges A Risk Based Enforcement Mode to Be Applied to the Employment Standards Act
The Ontario Government is conducting a review of labour relations and employment standards legislation with changes that will have a significant and detrimental impact on your business. ORHMA is certain that it is no longer a question of if the provincial government will be making changes to the Employment Stands Act, but which recommendations they will adopt. ORHMA has prepared a report summarizing the considered options included in the Changing Workplace Review Interim Report and outlines ORHMA’s advocacy efforts. To read this report, click here.
Accommodation Sharing Economy
ORHMA participated in two key meetings on the emerging but disrupting accommodation sharing economy. In both the Ministry of Finance consultation session and the Toronto’s Executive Council meeting, ORHMA challenged the commercialization that operates in an unfair playing field. Working together with the Greater Toronto Hotel Association, we have had success. The outlook for action by the City of Toronto is promising with a framework drafted for the first quarter of 2017. Click here for the deputation made by Tony Elenis, President & CEO of ORHMA.
The WSIB has updated the Rate Framework Modernization website to provide a new message from the Chair and President & CEO announcing the approval of the Rate Framework by the WSIB’s Board of Directors. The WSIB is committed to ensuring the Rate Framework is implemented in a manner that fosters stability. Starting in 2017, the WSIB will undertake further education and outreach efforts, including further discussion on the promotion of occupational health and safety, to ensure a broader understanding of the new approach.
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
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
Legislation Aimed at Stopping Sexual Violence and Harassment in effect Sept. 8, 2016
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
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.