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ORHMA In the Media
City report probes rules and potential programs regarding online renting services like Airbnb 
London Free Press

Youth Training Available Through Partnership 
Erie Media 

Windsor Bars Face Hefty Price Hike for TV Sports 

CBC News

Top 5 Questions at AODA Road Shows 
Canadian Lodging News

New OHRC Report Says Sexualized Dress Codes "Not on the Menu" 
Employment Law Today  

GBC Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Culinary Management) Degree
 
George Brown College 

Proposed Toronto Patio Tax Hike Could Lead to Higher Menu Prices 
iHeartRADIO

Airbnb Charm Offensive in Toronto
CBCRadio 

Durham diners eating up calorie info required by new law 
Durham Region.com 

Calorie Counting 'just 1 tool' 
Chronicle Journal

Speaker's Corner: Facing Climate Change 
Law Times news

Stop It! program in development to halt sexual violence
Canadian Restaurant News 

ORHMA: Hydro rebate won’t ease costs
Canadian Restaurant News

The Fight for Diaper Changing Tables in Men's Washrooms 
Macleans

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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ORHMA Advocating To Protect Licensees – LCBO Province-Wide Strike Vote Set
OPSEU’s LCBO workers scheduled a province-wide strike vote for April 24 or 25. The union’s contract expired on March 31 and it has since requested the Ministry of Labour appoint a conciliator. OPSEU president Smokey Thomas said his “members are fighting to save the LCBO” from the “creeping privatization” that allowed beer sales in grocery stores.»»Read more.

Provincial Government Tells City of Toronto To Go Consult With Your Stakeholders Regarding Hotel Tax

As  per our previous ORHMA Insider updates: The City of Toronto does not have the authority to implement such a tax under the current City of Toronto Act (COTA).»» Read more.

Parental, Maternity & Caregiving Leaves- 2017 Federal Budget
Parental & Maternity Leave
The budget proposes a choice to  parents between receiving EI parental benefits for up to 18 months at a rate of 33% of average weekly earnings or instead opt to receive the existing benefit rate of 55% for up to 12 months. In addition women are able to claim EI maternity benefits of up to 12 weeks before their due date from the current standard of 8 weeks.»» Read more.

Preventing Sexual Violence and Harassment in the Hospitality Industry
In 2016, Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association (ORHMA), in partnership with Ontario Training Education Corporation (OTEC) and Tourism HR Canada (THRC), announced an advanced training and awareness program to prevent sexual violence and harassment in the hospitality industry entitled "It's Your Shift." »»Read more

ORHMA Responds  Re: Bell & Rogers Sports Programming Changes
As you know Bell and Rogers have both sent notices to restaurants and bars that they will have to pay for sports programming packages separately from other channels they
may be paying for. The sports packaging is based on a valid liquor licence and seat
capacity. To read more click here.

Excise Tax Impact to Licensees – Recent Federal Budget
The following are estimate numbers but accurate enough to give you a sense of overall impacts.The increase for excise on spirits is $0.07 on a 750 ml bottle of whisky, gin, vodka etc.  When you take into account LCBO mark-up and HST this is about $0.20 on a bottle.  Spirits has the highest excise rate by far. To read more click here.

Complete Your AODA Report on Compliance
This year all sectors – private, non-profit and public – must submit accessibility compliance reports by December 31, 2017.Learn more about requirements and who has to report at ontario.ca/accessibility.

Ontario Minimum Wage Increasing – Plan Your Budget Accordingly
The recent announcement made by the Ministry of Labour to raise minimum wages for workers across the province is in line with Ontario's economic growth plan, as they aim to improve living standards for individuals and working families. Read more»»

The High Cost of Electricity
The Provincial government has been under tremendous pressure over the past year to rein in the high cost of electricity in Ontario. The Province has announced a number of changes to the electricity market. These changes would be in addition to the previously announced 8% rebate for residential and small business consumers. The government intends to introduce legislation that would, if passed, enable the initiatives announced. As this legislation has not yet been made available to the market, some of the details in the proposed changes are not yet known. Our interpretation of the impact on end users is based on information available at the time of writing and in discussions with government officials. To read more, click here. 

On Line Survey From the AGCO
Starting in late fall 2017, applicants will be able to apply for a Liquor Sales Licence, Ferment on Premise Licence, Liquor Delivery Service Licence, Licence to Represent a Manufacturer, Authorization to Sell Beer and Wine in a Grocery Store, and an Authorization to Sell Beer and Cider in a Grocery Store online, through the iAGCO portal that will be available on the AGCO’s Web site www.agco.on.ca. We invite you to participate in a short survey. Our goal is to provide you with an opportunity to offer feedback on your willingness to use the online system as well as on licencing renewal periods. If you are interested in participating, please click here.

WHMIS Legislation Has Now Been Amended to Include the GHS Standard 
WHMIS is changing to adopt new international standards for classifying hazardous chemicals and providing information on labels and safety data sheets. These new international standards are part of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and are being phased in across Canada between February 2015 and December 2018. The GHS standards have been endorsed by the United Nations. They are also being implemented in many other countries including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and members of the European Union. Please click here to download a free copy of ORHMA’s Understanding WHMIS.  For more information on the requirements and changes from the Ministry of Labour, please click here

Ontario Hydro Reduction Announced
On Thursday March 2nd, the Ministry of Energy released the details of its plan to slash electricity bills an average of 17 per cent this year—this is in addition to the eight per cent HST rebate that was rolled out on January 1—for a total average of 25 per cent. Ontario is lowering electricity bills by 25 per cent on average for all residential customers as part of a significant system restructuring that will address long-standing policy challenges and ensure greater fairness. To read more, click here. 

Understanding WSIB’s Premium Rate Table
We previously reported that the Restaurant and Catering employers will see an 8.1% reduction (2016 rate of 1.72 will drop to 1.58 in 2017 ) while the Accommodation employers  rate will drop by 13.2% (2016 rate of 3.10 will drop to 2.69 in 2017 ). The following WSIB explanations offer a good understanding of how Premium Rates are calculated. Ontario’s hospitality sectors’ historic and projection rates follow. For additional information that includes all sector classifications click here. For more on WSIB, click here.

What does the Changing Workplaces Review Mean to Ontario’s Hospitality Industry ?
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. 

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

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. 

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