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The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) was formed on July 1, 1999 as a result of the amalgamation of the Ontario Hotel & Motel Association and the Ontario Restaurant Association. 

The Ontario Hotel & Motel Association was a member organization that had been in existence since 1925.  Its membership was composed of two major sectors of the hospitality industry; the lodging or accommodation sector which included large and small hotels, motels and motor inns and the licensee sector which included licensed establishments.  

The Ontario Restaurant Association was formed in 1928, and in 1944 the restaurant association supported the creation of the Canadian Restaurant Association. 

Today, the ORHMA is the largest provincial hospitality association in Canada representing over 4, 000 operators and 11,000 establishments.  Ontario’s hospitality industry is one of the most dynamic and competitive sectors of the provincial economy, generating more than $18.32 billion in annual sales amounting to 4.3% of provincial GDP.  The hospitality industry in Ontario accounts for more than 22,000 foodservice establishments and 3,000 accommodation properties across the province, and directly employs over 400,000 Ontarians. 

A volunteer Board of Directors that is elected annually from the membership represents the ORHMA.  Local regions throughout Ontario have representation on the Board which ensures grassroots involvement. 

The ORHMA has representation on municipal, provincial and national organizations.  Major affiliations include the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), Canadian Restaurant & Foodservices Association (CRFA), Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC), Tourism Toronto, Tourism Federation of Ontario, Toronto Board of Trade and Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario.  

In addition, the ORHMA is a stakeholder on numerous industry-related boards, advisory committees and working groups.  

Specific goals and objectives of the ORHMA vary depending on the concerns and challenges that face our members, however, major areas of concentration remain advocacy with government on matters affecting the business climate members must compete in, and education to increase the professionalism of the hospitality industry.  Further, by virtue of size, the ORHMA is able to offer members a variety of superior benefits and services.