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Study advocates raising commercial freezer temperatures
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Toronto City Council clears way for new wave of restaurants in Parkdale Neighbourhood 
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King St. Pilot Project should be short- turned: Biz 
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A Survey of King Street Businesses by a hospitality association finds almost all report sales are down 
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How Industry Changes Are Affecting Labour Supply 

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Hotel Association Compains of "Unregulated" Airbnb on their business 
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Have Employers' Minimum Wage Concerns Fallen on Deaf Ears? 
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New Labour Report Proposes Big Changes for Ontario's Part-Time Workers 
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Changes to Ontario's Public Holiday Pay 
Following feedback from stakeholder groups, including ORHMA and its members, the statutory holiday pay calculation change enacted through Bill 148 will revert back to the four weeks an employee works prior to the holiday divided by 20 beginning July 1, 2018 as an interim measure. The Province will undertake a full review of this section of the ESA in the later part of 2018. The previous enacted calculation created confusion increasing the amount paid to casual employees. Read more.

Ontario Menu Labelling Update 
The Ministry continues to work with public health units (PHUs) and industry to support implementation of the HMCA. In order to support the continued implementation of the HMCA and in response to some of the questions that have been brought to our attention in the last few months, we are pleased to release a 2018 set of questions and answers (Qs and As). These Qs and As have been developed in consultation with PHUs and aim to provide as much clarity as possible, and in areas where there is room for flexibility, the responses aim to promote consensus. In the interest of working towards improving consistency, these questions will be incorporated as part of the inspector training. This is the first set of 2018 Qs and As, and we are currently working on the next set of questions in consultation with PHUs, which will aim to provide further clarity on questions including capitalization of the word “Calories/Cals” and whether specific sections of the store are exempt. Read more. 

Ontario Public Pools Regulation Update - Effective July 1, 2018

Amalgamation of pool and spa regulations: O. Reg. 428/05 (Public Spas) was introduced in 2005. Many requirements for opening, operating, and maintaining public spas are identical to those for pools in O. Reg. 565 (Public Pools), which has not had significant review since 1944. Seven provinces and three territories have a regulation which contains both public pool and spa requirements. Requirements for operators of public pools and spas have been aligned to eliminate inconsistencies, and improve clarity and public safety (e.g., testing and recording frequencies; general facility maintenance; first aid box contents; operator training). Ontario's 35 public health units (PHUs) are mandated to implement, monitor and enforce the new Public Pools Regulation that comes into effect July 1, 2018. Read more.

Ontario Food Premise Regulation  – Effective July 1, 2018

ORHMA has participated in discussions with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) regarding Food Premise regulations. The regulatory changes and implementation of the Food Premises Regulation 493/17 Ontario’s 35 public health units (PHUs) are mandated to implement, monitor and enforce the new Food Premises Regulation 493/17 that comes into effect July 1, 2018. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is working with the PHUs to prepare for the implementation of the new regulations. ORHMA is working with the MOHLTC on a guide and other educational material to be available to all our members before July. MOHLTC’s slide deck is available to better understand the rationale for changes and new regulation requirements

Ontario's Final Food and Organic Waste Framework 

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change 
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change released the Food and Organic Waste Framework on April 30, 2018. ORHMA is an active stakeholder with the provincial government to address organics in our sector and is at the table to address the calculation for IC&I organics targets set by the government. We also encourage the government to support our recommendation for a tax credit for food donations made by our sector. For details on the actions and policies, please access the Framework on: The Environmental Registry and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change website
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New Resource on Equal Pay for Equal Work

Ministry of Labour 
On April 1, 2018, new "Equal Pay for Equal Work" rules came into force in Ontario. The Ministry has updated its guide to the Employment Standards Act to include a chapter on the new provisions
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Who can donate to political parties?
Who can donate to political parties? We have a provincial election June 7th. We encourage each of you to get out and vote. Currently, under legislation passed unanimously by the Ontario Legislative Assembly, the Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016 includes new rules and restrictions concerning fundraising and who can donate to political parties, riding associations, nomination contestants, and leadership contestants. ORHMA encourages you to be engaged in the voting of our next provincial government and to understand if you can donate to their political campaigns. Read more. 

Fire Code Amendments

Updated: March 19, 2018 

There are a number of proposed Fire Code Amendments stemming out of the Ministry of Community Services and Correctional Services that will impact many buildings and sections will affect Ontario’s hotels. ORHMA has summarized these changes. We urge you to be in touch with your local fire department inspector for further information on compliance. 
Proposed Fire Code Changes  
  • Exterior Wall Assemblies- Cladding and Cladding Systems
  • Combustible Cladding- furniture in corridors and lobbies
  • Firefighters’ Elevator Out of Service Notification Requirements 
  • Inspection and testing of fire department pumper connection lines for hose standpipe systems
  • Mandating sealed, long-life (10-year) battery-operated smoke alarms 

Ontario First Province in Canada to Introduce Pay Transparency Legislation
Office of the Premier
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Then Now Next: Ontario's Strategy for Women's Economic Empowerment, a new strategy to help remove long-standing barriers that have kept women from benefiting equally in Ontario's rapidly changing economy. This strategy is a first for Canada, with Ontario becoming the first province to create a strategy focused on initiatives to advance women’s economic development, empowerment and build fair, better workplaces.  ORHMA will monitor this legislation and encourage members to share their comments and concerns in relation to Bill 203: Pay Transparency Act, 2018. This legislation passed first reading on March 6, 2018, and is brought forward by the Ministry of Labour to increase transparency in the hiring processes and give women more information when negotiating fairer compensation that is equal to their male peers.   Read more.  

Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act – Frequently Asked Questions
Ministry of Labour
On November 27, 2017 the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) became law, introducing a number of amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).   As part of its ongoing commitment to provide compliance support to employers and employees, the Ministry of Labour has developed a comprehensive FAQ to assist the public with understanding the changes to the ESA. 

“Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act” Updated
Ministry of Labour
The Ministry of Labour has published a guide that explains key sections of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, such as hours of work, public holidays and leaves of absence. The guide has been updated to reflect new provisions that have come into effect as a result of the passing of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.  Read more. 
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